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Vernon Hargreaves III Scouting Report, CB, Florida, 2016 NFL Draft

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Today we take a look at one of the best pure CB's in the draft.

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Introduction

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

High School: Wharton

Recruitment: 5 star recruit to Rivals and ESPN

Injuries/Discipline: Nothing worth mentioning

Measurables

Height: 5'11"

Weight: 192

Class: Junior

40 Time: 4.50

Stats

Year Tackles INT Passes Broken Up TFL
2015 33 4 4 1
2014 50 3 13 2
2013 38 3 11 0


Positives

  • Can excel in both man coverage and zone

  • Has very good instincts

  • Has above average ball skills

  • Will go up and highpoint the ball (Despite being under 6’)

  • Good recoverability

  • Is a fierce competitor

  • Doesn’t hesitate to contribute with run defense


Negatives

  • Has a smaller, lean frame

  • Does give up some separation to faster receivers

  • His willingness to contribute in run defense will wear him down with his frame

  • Can be outpowered by strong receivers

  • Won’t be winning any height/speed competitions


Conclusion

Hargreaves is a gamer, and one of the premier secondary guys coming out this year. I know there were some mocks having the Jets picking Vernon, but I don’t think for a second he makes it to 20. There aren’t enough emojis out there to describe how happy I would be if he did though. We would be getting a highly competitive CB, that will work in any system as long as he gets stronger. Once in the NFL, he will need to fill out his frame a little bit more, and get stronger. The receivers he will be facing on Sunday, will be a lot stronger. If he is to survive as a man coverage guy, this is a must. If not, his best fit will be on a zone heavy scheme. With Antonio Cromartie gone, we no longer have a tall, fast CB amongst our ranks. Drafting Vernon won’t change that. At 5’11" and running a 4.50, he won’t be looked at as a physical freak. That’s not to say he is soft though. He is more than willing to go that extra mile in run defence. Hargreaves’ rout recognition and instincts will take him far, but it’s passion and energy that will have teams ahead of us falling in love with him.

Draft Grade: 94

90-100 = Exceptional Talent

80-90 = Impact Player

70-80 = NFL Starter

60-70 = Solid NFL Potential

50-60 = Draftable - Lot of work needed

>50 = Undraftable, - Long Shot To Stick