Overshadowed a bit by the NFL owners meetings this past week was the University of Florida Pro Day, which took place on Tuesday.

The workout, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 in the team’s new indoor practice facility, figured to be a particularly important one for the Buccaneers, as the team is likely considering cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III with the ninth overall pick next month. And according to multiple reports, the Tampa native did not disappoint.

Hargreaves cleats at his pro day – Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com

Wrote NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt, “He has everything you look for in a corner, quickness and cover skills. I think he just cemented his top-10 status in the 2016 NFL Draft.”

Another scout was said to have described the workout as, “Maybe the best DB pro day since DRC.” Of course “DRC” meaning Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a Tennessee State grad who catapulted himself to the 16th overall pick in 2008 and has had a solid career to this point. The scout said, via Yahoo! Sports, that Hargreaves displayed good ball skills in the drills and was smooth in transition. He graded VH3 out higher than Wake Forrest’s Kevin Johnson, the 16th overall pick by Houston in 2015, and Florida State’s Ronald Darby, a second-rounder to Buffalo last season who had one of the best years in the NFL for a rookie.

At 5-foot-10, 207-pounds, Hargreaves size is still a major concern, but it appears he did all he could to hide his shortcomings with a stellar pro day. If his dominance in the SEC is any indication for what’s to come in the NFL, a secondary comprised of Hargreaves and Brent Grimes, with Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks in the rotation, might just take care of the Bucs pass rush issues by itself.

Interestingly enough, Hargreaves listed Grimes, along with former Buccaneer Darrell Revis, as the two cornerbacks he admires most.

Other notes from UF’s Pro Day:

  • Defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard, considered by many as a late first or early second-round prospect, was explosive and powerful in the bag drills. Bullard is athletic but has a problem maintaining his weight, according to Gil Brandt. He currently weighs 284 pounds at 6-foot-3.
  • Wide receiver Damarcus Robinson, a late-round prospect, ran a mediocre 4.59 40-yard dash with a 33-½ vertical, and dropped a couple passes in the drills.
  • Defensive end Alex McCalister, who stands 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, did well in position drills but appears to be a misfit on the D-Line due to size.
  • Linebacker Antonio Morrison, a mid-round prospect, ran a 5.1 40 and bench-pressed 23 times. His numbers are likely distorted after multiple knee surgeries dating back to 2014.
  • Safety Keanu Neal was said to have improved his draft stock to the second round after an excellent pro day. After running the 40 in a decent 4.59, he excelled in position drills and ran the short shuttle in a more impressive 4.32.

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About the Author: Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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Horse
Horse
5 years ago

I’m not a Gator hater! I have watched all the Florida games and Hargraves is nothing special at all; he’s a notch below Ramsey and I wouldn’t draft neither one at No. 9. I hope we stay focus on a DL or BAP.

Dman
Dman
Reply to  Horse
5 years ago

Amen. Only watched handful of Gator games but Hargraves looked pretty average. Lots of hype. Need another starter, best available athlete.

georgehicks
georgehicks
5 years ago

Well I still think that the Cleveland sistutation is a factor and I wouldn’t believe that Tampa/Cleveland sistutation may be a great key in parners,Remember Robinson is a former Bucs person. I think Ramsey could be in the works if Tampa works a series of moves with Ramsey coming to Tampa instead of Hargraves. Plus Mike Glennon may wind up going to Tampa and Bucs Fans will have to wait and see. Go Bucs

grafikdetail
grafikdetail
5 years ago

bucs could grab Brian Poole in later rounds and still have a solid DB… had the fastest forty at the UF pro day and he played nickel, CB and safety while at florida

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

Watched all of the Gators and Seminoles games and was far more impressed with Ramsey. Hargreaves didn’t seem to live up to the hype and didn’t really stand out. But I’m sure the real experts know a lot more than I do. Size is adequate if speed, leaping ability, awareness, flexibility and work ethic are first rate. Need a little ‘tude too.

surferdudes
surferdudes
5 years ago

Can’t really go wrong picking this kid, but I’m of the ilk that would rather build our D line with the best 3 tech in the draft, Rankins. I also want to see the experts face’s when the card is turned in for Rankins, since they all believe our biggest need is corner.

hamilton
hamilton
5 years ago

Everybody likes rankings because pewterreport likes him.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Well NFL Network likes him but not as a Top 10 or even a first round pick.
I’m not thrilled about any Gator player because I have seen to many come in here and fall flat on their faces.
Ernest Graham being one of the few lone exceptions.
I just feel we need to put as much pressure on the QB as possible much like the Broncos did to the Panthers in the Super Bowl.
Putting pressure on the QB is the name of the game in the NFL.

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

Had lunch with a big Gator fan who said Hargreaves played with a hamstring injury last year. Maybe that’s why he didn’t look like a top 10 pick.

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

As we get closer to draft day the consensus pick for the Bucs at nine is fast becoming Vernon Hargreaves/UF. It’s hard to vote against a guy that excelled at the position in the SEC, a hometown guy, a guy who even wears Tampa on his shoes. – I’m going against everything I believe in because in my heart of hearts, I know if you can play, you can play regardless of size. I hate to admit it but I have a bias! I like CBs with length – preferably 6-0, 6-1 or 6-2 max. You get too tall and… Read more »

georgehicks
georgehicks
5 years ago

This is george hicks again. Tampa has moved is a different direction then in the pass. I think that if mike Glennon is not traded this year Tampa will reamped idvidens in 2017. If Tampa get a #1 or #2 CB, a top 5 de and dt. a good Dt from draft and other players that can do there job. Tampa will move to the next level. We Will see in over a month to go before the draft.

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

We need more pressure on the QB, we have for the past five or size years.
We need to draft one if not two killer DL with attitude.

Uncle Stan
Uncle Stan
5 years ago

“Defensive end Alex McCalister, who stands 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, did well in position drills but appears to be a misfit on the D-Line due to size”.

Are you referring to height or weight?