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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