There is no doubt the Bucs front office is burning the midnight oil studying available cornerbacks, even with over two months to go before they are on the clock in the April NFL Draft.
Earlier this week NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah released his latest mock draft and this latest edition he has the Buccaneers selecting Vernon Hargreaves III from the University of Florida.
The Gators standout is viewed as a consensus Top 15 pick, and has been mocked anywhere from No. 5 overall down to No. 15. Will the Buccaneers have a shot at Hargreaves? A lot will depend on how he does at the NFL Combine that begins next week in Indianapolis where PewterReport.com will be in attendance.
The Tampa area product caught some flack for his play late in the season, but most still agree he has all the tools to be an effective cornerback in the NFL. With one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, if Hargreaves is still on the board when they pick, Hargreaves may be trading in his orange and blue for red and pewter.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org