2017 NFL DRAFT

Vernon Hargreaves III, CB

School: Florida  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Tampa, FL
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 204 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1011

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.502.62-15 39-3.98-
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.462.621.5815 3910'10"3.98-

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Player Overview

It isn't often that a true freshman comes into the SEC and is an immediate standout, but that's precisely what Hargreaves accomplished in 2013, earning first team All-SEC honors from the media and league coaches after tying Janoris Jenkins' freshman record at Florida with 11 pass breakups and intercepting three passes.

He was even better as a sophomore, leading the conference with 13 pass breakups and intercepting another three passes, including one in the end zone with just 1:20 remaining to seal Florida's Birmingham Bowl win over East Carolina. A finalist for the Thorpe Award in 2015, Hargreaves earned All-SEC honors for a third straight season as a junior with a career-high four interceptions,

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: It is hard not to gush about Hargreaves as he combines quickness, balance and route-recognition to excel in coverage with rare physicality and open-field tackling ability to be just as effective in run support and when blitzing off the corner. He possesses good size for the position with a compact, athletic frame.

When lining up in press man coverage, Hargreaves gets a stiff initial punch in on the receiver at the snap and shows good balance and light feet dropping into coverage, fluidly changing direction and the acceleration to remain in the hip pocket of receivers. He's equally effective in off coverage, reading the quarterback's eyes and breaking quickly downhill to disrupt passes. Hargreaves' lack of height is mitigated by impressive body control, timing and competitiveness in jump-ball situations. He possesses excellent hand-eye coordination to slap the ball away as it arrives as well as good hands for the interception (six in two seasons).

Scouts will also appreciate that unlike some of the other highly regarded defensive backs throughout the country, Hargreaves is far from just a cover corner. He's very aggressive in run support, fighting his way through blocks and showing zero hesitation in taking on bigger ballcarriers. On most occasions, Hargreaves makes the effective stop, often significantly cutting short the yards gained in impressive fashion.

WEAKNESSES: An inch or two shorter than scouts would prefer, which shows up too often on film. Hargreaves can get himself in trouble by attacking ballcarriers too high, clawing at the football while 'rassling opponents to the ground rather than wrapping up and driving them to the turf. He also takes such aggressive angles in pursuit that he can be forced to lunge at ballcarriers, occasionally missing as he swipes at their legs.

Needs to improve his cushion and spacing, allowing his eyes to spend too much time in the backfield.

IN OUR VIEW: Hargreaves plays with a decisive reactor to maintain proper positioning and make plays on the ball (38 career passes defended), but his timing and spacing have room for improvement. Although he has only ordinary size, Hargreaves is above average in three main areas for the position: play speed, instincts and competitive toughness.

NFL COMPARISON: Joe Haden, Cleveland Browns -- More than just the Florida jersey, Hargreaves and Haden are similar in that they aren't the biggest or fastest but both exhibit the instincts and competitive toughness needed for the NFL.

--Rob Rang & Dane Brugler (2/9/16)

 
 
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