Javon Hargrave

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Javon Hargrave
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Hargrave in 2020
No. 97 – Philadelphia Eagles
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1993-02-07) February 7, 1993 (age 28)
Salisbury, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school:North Rowan (Spencer, North Carolina)
College:South Carolina State
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 3 / Pick: 89
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2020
Total tackles:206
Sacks:19.0
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:2
Interceptions:0
Pass deflections:3
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Javon DeAndre Hargrave (born February 7, 1993) is an American football defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina State. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

College career[edit]

Hargrave began attending South Carolina State in 2012. As a freshman in 2012, he finished with 45 tackles and 4.5 tackles for a loss. He was named a Freshman All-American.[citation needed]

The following season, he collected 12.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks.

On October 25, 2014, he tied an FCS record after finishing with a total of 6 sacks against Bethune-Cookman. He finished third among the FCS with 16 sacks as a junior in 2014 and was voted an Associated Press All-American.

In the 2015 season opener he made 6 solo tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses, and 2.5 sacks in a 35–7 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. On September 16, 2015, he made 3 tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss in a 36–0 shutout of Florida A&M. On October 3, 2015, he had a season-high 10 tackles and a sack in a loss to Furman. On October 24, 2015, Hargrave had one of his best games of the season,[according to whom?] finishing with 6 solo tackles, 8 total tackles, 4 tackles for losses, forced a fumble, and had a season-high 3 sacks against Delaware State. In Week 11, he again had a season-high 3 sacks, 7 tackles, and 4 tackles for losses in a victory over Norfolk State. In his last career collegiate game he made a total of 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble in a win over Savannah State.

He finished his last season with South Carolina State with 45 solo tackles, 59 total tackles, 22 tackles for losses, 13.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. For the second consecutive season he was named an Associated Press All-American.[1]

Professional career[edit]

On January 23, 2016, Hargrave participated in the 2016 East–West Shrine Game and raised his draft stock with a good performance.[2] Hargrave was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine and participated in all workouts and positional drills. At South Carolina State's Pro Day, he stood on his combine numbers and only did positional drills. Representatives and scouts from 23 NFL teams attended his Pro Day and four defensive line coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Tennessee Titans also came to watch Hargrave, along with 14 other prospects.[3] Although analysts and scouts gave him positive reviews for his motor, playmaking ability, quick footwork, athleticism, and strength they also criticized him for his short arms, stocky frame, small hands, lack of instincts, and also considered him a raw talent.[4] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Hargrave was projected by many analysts as a third or fourth round selection. He was ranked as the 11th best defensive tackle prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+38 in
(1.86 m)
309 lb
(140 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
9+58 in
(0.24 m)
4.93 s 1.57 s 2.57 s 4.70 s 7.90 s 34.5 in
(0.88 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
29 reps
All values from NFL Combine[4]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

2016[edit]

Hargrave with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Hargrave in the third round (89th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[6]

On June 10, 2016, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed him to a four-year, $3.114 million rookie contract with a $693,000 signing bonus. Hargrave was the last player of the Steelers' 2016 draft class to sign a contract with the Steelers.[7]

After competing with fellow nose tackle Daniel McCullers in training camp and the preseason, Hargrave won the starting job as the starting nose tackle to begin the 2016 season.[8]

He made his professional regular season debut during Pittsburgh Steelers' season-opener at the Washington Redskins and helped them win 38-16. The following game, Hargrave made his first career start and recorded his first career tackle in a 24-16 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. On November 20, 2016, Hargrave scored his first career NFL touchdown after Ryan Shazier stripped Cleveland. Browns' quarterback Josh McCown. During the Steelers' victory he recorded his first career sack on McCown and also finished with a tackle.[9] The next game, Hargrave earned a season-high five combined tackles in the Steelers' 28-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. On December 4, 2016, he suffered a concussion during a victory over the New York Giants and was inactive the following game against the Buffalo Bills.[10] He finished the 2016 season with 27 combined tackle (18 solo), two sacks, and one touchdown in 13 starts and 15 games.

The Pittsburgh Steelers received a playoff berth after finishing atop the AFC North with an 11-5 record. On January 8, 2017, Hargrave started his first career playoff game and recorded one tackle, as the Steelers routed the Miami Dolphins 30-12 in the AFC Wildcard game. After defeating the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round, the Steelers went on to face the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. Hargrave made five combined tackles as the Steelers lost 17-36 to the eventual Super Bowl LI Champions.[11]

2017[edit]

Hargrave returned as the starting nose tackle to start the 2017 season after winning the job over Daniel McCullers and Roy Philon. He started the Pittsburgh Steelers' season-opener against the Cleveland Browns and made three solo tackles and sacked DeShone Kizer in the Steelers' 21-18 victory. On October 8, 2017, Hargrave recorded a career-high ten combined tackles in a 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.[12]

2018[edit]

In week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Hargrave recorded 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 pass defended as the Steelers won 20-16.[13] Hargrave finished the season with 41 tackles, 6 sacks, and 1 pass defended. He received an overall grade of 82.7 from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which ranked as the 19th highest grade among all qualifying interior defenders.[14]

2019[edit]

In week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Hargrave recorded his first sack of the season on Andy Dalton in the 27–3 win.[15] In week 10 against the Los Angeles Rams, Hargrave recorded a strip sack on Jared Goff which was recovered by teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick who returned it for a 43 yard touchdown in the 17–12 win.[16]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

On March 21, 2020, Hargrave signed a three-year $39 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.[17] On August 17th, it was reported that Hargrave was dealing with a pectoral injury which ultimately would force him to miss week 1, but he returned the following week and played in the remaining 15 games for the Eagles.[18] In week 14 against the Saints, Hargrave recorded 2 sacks on Taysom Hill and recovered a fumble forced by Josh Sweat in the 24-21 win.

NFL statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR Yds TD
2016 PIT 15 13 27 18 9 2.0 - 0 - - - - 0 1 0 1
2017 PIT 16 12 32 21 11 2.0 1 1 0 0 0
2018 PIT 16 14 49 32 17 6.5 1 0 0 0 0
2019 PIT 16 13 60 35 25 4.0 0 1 0 0 0
2020 PHI 15 11 38 16 22 4.5 1 0 1 0 0
Career 78 63 206 122 84 19.0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1

Postseason[edit]

Season Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR Yds TD
2016 PIT 3 3 8 4 4 1.0 - - - -
2017 PIT 1 1 1 1 0 0.0 - - - -
Total 4 4 9 5 4 1.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Javon Hargrave stats". South Carolina State Athletics. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
  2. ^ Daniel Jeremiah (January 23, 2016). "Javon Hargrave, Tajae Sharpe lead Shrine Game standouts". NFL.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  3. ^ Gil Brandt (April 4, 2016). "Javon Hargrave attracts DL coaches from three teams". NFL.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "2016 NFL Draft Profile: Javon Hargrave". Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "Javon Hargrave, DS No. 12 DT, South Carolina State: 2016 NFL Draft". NFLdraftscout.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Steelers select Hargrave in the third round". Steelers.com. April 29, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  7. ^ Simon A Chester (June 25, 2016). "Salary cap numbers for Javon Hargrave's rookie contract". Steelersdepot.com. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  8. ^ Fittipaldo, Ray. "Steelers rookie Javon Hargrave earns starting nose tackle job". Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 5, 2016.
  9. ^ "Pro-Football-Reference.com:Javon Hargrave stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  10. ^ Jacob Klinger (December 9, 2016). "Javon Hargrave vs. Buffalo Bills, McCullers to start in "perfect opportunity"". Pennlive.com. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  11. ^ Marczi, Matthew (January 23, 2017). "Javon Hargrave Caps Off Rookie Season By Sacking Tom Brady". Steelers Depot. Retrieved January 29, 2017.
  12. ^ "NFL Player stats: Javon Hargrave". NFL.com. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  13. ^ Gentille, Sean (November 21, 2018). "Javon Hargrave 'can rush his tail off,' and people are starting to notice". post-gazette.com. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  14. ^ "Pro Football Focus: Javon Hargrave". profootballfocus.com. Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  15. ^ "Steelers break out of funk, stomp Bengals 27-3". www.espn.com. September 30, 2019. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  16. ^ "Steelers defense leads way in 17-12 win over Rams". www.espn.com. November 10, 2019. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  17. ^ Alper, Josh (March 16, 2020). "Eagles agree to deal with Javon Hargrave". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  18. ^ "Javon Hargrave, NT, Philadelphia Eagles".

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