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Bucs pick Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III with first pick

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The pass rush will have to wait. The coverage, the Tampa Bay Bucs hope, will not. The Bucs picked Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III Thursday night with their first-round pick in the NFL draft. Together with free agent signee Brent Grimes, the Bucs are hopeful to have a better secondary this year than last. The Bucs said they liked Hargreaves better than any player in the draft at No. 9. However, they moved backward two picks with a trade with…

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Bucs sign Brent Grimes, Josh Robinson to help pass defense

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The Tampa Bay Bucs are betting that Brent Grimes can play young. They are also betting that Josh Robinson can stay healthy. Such are the latest gambles on pass coverage for the Bucs, who signed Grimes from Miami and Robinson from Minnesota. The Bucs would like to improve their pass defense, which was 16th in the league a year ago. Tampa Bay also added pass rusher Robert Ayers and safety Chris Conti to help the unit. Grimes, who has made…

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Gators’ Vernon Hargreaves thinks he’s the best in the nation

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Who is the top defensive back in college football? If you’re asking Tampa’s Vernon Hargreaves III, well, it’s him. Hargreaves, the cornerback of the University of Florida, said as much Monday in the SEC Media Days. In fact. Hargreaves admitted that he has already begun to think about the NFL. “All the time … all the time,” Hargreaves said. Once he’s there, Hargreaves wants to stay. “To play in the league for 10-plus years, that’s probably my main goal,” Hargreaves…

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