The fit is perfect. All Vernon Hargreaves III has to do is hang around long enough during the NFL draft.
Although a pass rusher has also been projected for the Bucs in the upcoming draft, Hargreaves is a perfect fit. He is from Tampa, and the Bucs are in dire need of defensive backs. Hargreaves was already gone in some of the early mocks, but lately he has matched up fine with the Bucs’ third-round pick.
“I like when they have me going to Bucs,” Hargreaves told reporters at the NFL Combine. “Going back to my hometown. I like the mock drafts. I like seeing what people think of me.”
Hargreaves intercepted 10 passes and knocked down 27 while playing for the University of Florida. He points out that he has covered Amari Cooper, Kevin Benjamin and Jarvis Landry. “That’s not to say I’m ready,” Hargreaves said. “But it helps to have tracked them all.”
If he were taken by the Bucs, he would have deal with Julio Jones, Brandon Cooks and Benjamin.
“My ball skills, they’re natural,” Hargreaves said at the NFL Combine. “There’s nothing I’ve done (to nurture them). When the ball’s in the air, I just have to go out and get them.
“My confidence is extremely high. It always has been. I never doubt myself. The drive to be the best, that’s what keeps me going.”
It is possible the Bucs will draft a defensive end. However, cornerback and defensive end go hand in hand. The closer a defensive back covers a receiver, the longer an end has to rush to quarterback. The faster an end can rush the passer, the less time the defensive back can cover.