Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves - Photo by: Getty Images
Despite signing cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Josh Robinson in free agency, the Buccaneers still decided to add more talent at the position and drafted former Florida Gator Vernon Hargreaves III with the overall No. 11 pick..
The Buccaneers traded down with the Bears (No. 9 to No. 11) and gained an additional fourth-round selection (No. 106) to only drop two spots.
Hargreaves, who attended Tampa’s Wharton High School, was viewed by many as the best pure corner in the draft and that was also a viewed shared by the Bucs, according to general manager Jason Licht.
“We’re very excited with Vernon,” Licht said. “He was a guy that we targeted and not only were we able to get him, but obviously we were able to pick up a fourth-round pick as well. The staff did an incredible job of preparing for this and scripting for 100 different scenarios where we could possibly get an extra pick and get a player that we wanted. It worked off well, hats off to them.
“Vernon is a guy we think brings a lot of versatility to our defense. He can play outside and he can play inside. Great players come in a lot of different sizes, different packages. We feel that his thickness and his build, he’s a sturdy player, he can press, he can tackle and he’s very quick and athletic with great ball skills. He’s been a very productive player at Florida over the last three years, so it’s been a lot of fun watching him over his career there.”
Hargreaves was a consensus First Team All-American and All-SEC Selection as a junior, starting 13 games where he totaled 33 tackles to go along with leading the Gators with four interceptions.
For his career at Florida Hargreaves totaled 121 tackles, 38 pass break ups, nine interceptions to go along with one forced fumble.
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love it….good day for the bucs, and the trade down was icing on the cake
How much pressure can he put on the QB.
Right now they are back there looking for their third and fourth reads.
The Saints chose Rankins right after us for the same reason we should have, to put pressure on the QB.
This pick doesn’t make me happy at all.
Got to agree with you drdneast. Wanted to get that inside push Rankins would have provided.
Rankins can’t cover.
No but if he is in the QB’s face all the time he would have a bigger effect than a corner which we have already.
Hargreaves was not my first choice, but our secondary is better tonight than it was yesterday. Welcome Vernon! Let’s go play some football!
The way the 1st round played out I think that pick is fine. Ogbah, Dodd, Spence still on the board. Jack, Ragland, Reed, Robinson, Henry still out there. Should have a shot at one of those DE and if we get one…everyone is happy right?
who has this guy shut down? I don’t see this guy as the next Darrel Green, or the next Barber. Well, maybe Barber; he should have been picked in the fourth round.
Maybe the guy played hurt or something; maybe I need to see his sophomore/freshman highlights; because his junior highlights don’t show anything exciting. William Jackson III had 22 pass breakups this past season alone!
Vernon Hargreaves is only 20 yrs old; that potentially could prove that he hasn’t figured it all out yet.
Well he is now a Buc and I hope he kicks ass , but I am on the record as not liking the pick at all. Trading back and getting him does make me feel a bit better and if Licht thinks he’s the best Pure cover corner than so be it. He does this for a living and has a good track record.
I would really like to get spence in the second, we might need to trade up for him though. A strange draft though with some of these teams making some real crazy picks.
Hate to say I told you so Mark, but as you reported earlier, Licht looks 3 years out when drafting players, so the Grimes signing wasn’t going to affect his draft plans. If anything it reiterated that the team is not tied to a philosophy of drafting tall corners when they handed over 16 million dollars to a Grimes at the same height.
From the start, I felt that Ramsey was 2nd best player in the draft…after that Hargreaves and then Jackson at DB….Big dropoff after that….DL wise, we still have Ogbah (who I love, especially in 2nd round) Correa and Dodd. Not to mention Jack at OLB if we want to take a chance, Spence, Bell at S, and Spriggs at OT….we are set up well….
I’m okay with this pick and like SaskBucs said there are a lot of good players left. We could still get Ogbah, Spence or Dodd. In fact there are so many left and teams above us still need QB’s like Cleveland, Dallas and SF I don’t think we need to trade up to get a good player.
Wow! Titans have 3 picks in the 2nd round. I think we have to worry about DAL/TEN/BAL/KC and JAX possibly choosing any of these remaining 3 pass rushers….That’s too many teams. We have to find a way to trade up!
Or JAX/DAL can go Jack…regardless still think it would be safe to move up if we want a chance at Ogbah/Spence/Dodd. I kind of think I like them in that order…
You wonder which one of those 3 the Buc’s really like the most. That will dictate where they need to move up to.
I trust Licht even though have concerns over his size and receivers in our division. He was their guy. They got us an extra 4th rd pick for nothing. That’s fantastic. It’s a deep draft for D line now in rds 2-4 hope they bolster D line. It was an odd draft some of the picks just didn’t show up in any mocks. Chargers and Bears both surprised me and Titans taking RT Conklin that high? Seems stupid but hey they do have lots of other picks I suppose.
Like many of you I was not thrilled with this pick. I believe edge rusher was and still is our greatest weakness. Remember Ronde almost got cut after his rookie year. I agree Hargreaves will eventually be a starter, but I don’t think like many it’s going to be this year. For teams like the Buc’s the first round pick must be a plug in starter. Enough bellyaching, Welcome Vernon may you have a long and distinguished career in Tampa. “NOW GO OUT AND GET A DAM PASS RUSHER, JASON.” (While you’re at it get 2)
In keeping with my philosophy of never look back, I’m going to do this just once and ……never look back regarding the Bucs pick of Vernon Hargreaves at 11.
PFT is reporting that the Jets tried desperately to trade up to get the falling OT Laremy Tunsil, but found the trade price too high. I don’t understand why a deal could not be struck using the draft trade value chart. The difference between pick 11 (1250) and pick 20 (850) is 400 points. The Jets 2nd round pick (51) is worth 390 points – a fair trade.
If the Bucs traded down to 20, getting another 2nd round pick would seem worthwhile. LB Darron Lee was picked at 20, CB William Jackson III was not picked until 24, CB Artie Burns was not picked until 25, and DT Vernon Butler was not picked until 30. DE Noah Spence was still on the board and the draft is loaded with good 2nd day CBs like Xavien Howard/Baylor.
Hey, it is what it is and I’m happy to have VHIII, but for a team needing draft picks I could have easily justified moving down again! There, I said it, now I’m moving on!
Buc76, your corners don’t have to cover when the QB is flat on his back or running for his life with three or four wild beasts chasing after him.
Wish we could get a high 2 for Glennon but it looks like that isn’t going to happen.
When a team wants to go with a rookie instead of a young veteran like Glennon who supposedly has plenty of upside, it doesn’t say much about how other GM’s value your talent.
The Glennon mob needs to tone it down if the Bucs can’t trade him for at least a two in this QB starved league.
Look what the Panthers did, even after losing Norman, they went for the best available DL they thought was on the board.
What does that tell you about their thought process in regards to how to play defense in the NFL.
DRd I don’t disagree we need pass rusher badly but what pass rusher was on the board at pick 11 for us that was worthy of almost top 10? I didn’t think any were. Not arguing with you just asking who was the great pass rusher me passed on? I think there will be a slew of good but not elite pass rushers in rd 2-3 and expect we will get 1 or 2.
I think even trading back further to like 20 in first rd would have been acceptable.
drdneast 5 corners were taken before the Panthers. You realize the draft is 7 rounds not one right? So would it be possible that they didn’t feel that the value at corner at that spot exceeded the value at DLine?
And if rushing the passer is the absolute end-all be-all of defense, please tell me why Noah Spence, Kevin Dodd, Emmanuel Ogbah are all waiting around to be picked in round 2?
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