Vernon Hargreaves

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Vernon Hargreaves
No. 28 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Personal information
Born: (1995-06-03) June 3, 1995 (age 24)
Manchester, Connecticut
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:204 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Wharton (Tampa, Florida)
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:125
Forced fumbles:2
Pass deflections:15
Player stats at

Vernon Hargreaves III (born June 3, 1995) is an American football cornerback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted 11th overall by the Buccaneers in the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida.

Early years[edit]

Hargreaves attended Wharton High School in Tampa, Florida, where he played football. As a sophomore in 2010, he had 44 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions. As a junior in 2011, he had 49 tackles and two interceptions, along with 11 offensive touchdowns. As a senior in 2012, he had 110 tackles and five interceptions. He was recognized as the most valuable player (MVP) of the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game.[1]

In addition to football, Hargreaves competed in track & field at Wharton. As a senior in 2012, he posted a personal-best time of 22.56 seconds in the 200-meter dash at the Hillsborough County National Division.[2] At the FHSAA District Meet, he placed fourth in the 100-meter dash (11.10 s), second in the long jump (22 ft 3 12 in or 6.79 m) and twelfth in the high jump (5 ft 10 in or 1.78 m).[3]

Regarded as a five-star recruit by, Hargreaves was ranked as the nation's best cornerback recruit and the second best player overall.[4]

College career[edit]

Hargreaves accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida, where he has played for head coaches Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain's Florida Gators football teams in Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition in 2013, 2014, and 2015. As a true freshman in 2013, he started 10 of 12 games, recording 38 tackles and three interceptions, and received first-team All-SEC honors at the cornerback position.[5][6] As a sophomore, he played 12 games with three interceptions, 13 passes defended, and two fumble recoveries on 50 tackles. As a junior, he made four interceptions, a forced fumble, and four passes defended on 33 tackles in 12 games. After his junior year, he announced his intentions forgo his senior season and enter the 2016 NFL Draft.[7]

College statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Played Total Tackles Tackles For Loss Passes Defended Interceptions Forced Fumbles
2013 Florida 14 38 0.0 10 3 0
2014 Florida 14 50 2.0 13 3 0
2015 Florida 13 33 1.0 4 4 1
College Career Totals 41 121 3.0 27 10 1

Professional career[edit]

Hargreaves was projected to be a first round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts.[8] He was ranked the top cornerback prospect in the draft by and NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah, was ranked the second best cornerback in the draft by NFL analysts Mike Mayock, Lance Zierlein, and Bucky Brooks, and was ranked the second best defensive back in the draft by Sports Illustrated and NFL analyst Charles Davis.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

External video
Hargreaves' NFL Combine Workout
Vernon Hargreaves' 40-yard dash
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 12 in
(1.79 m)
204 lb
(93 kg)
30 58 in
(0.78 m)
8 34 in
(0.22 m)
4.50 s 1.58 s 2.62 s 3.98 s 39 in
(0.99 m)
10 ft 10 in
(3.30 m)
15 reps
All values from NFL Combine[15][16]


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Hargreaves in the first round (11th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[17][18] He was the third cornerback to be selected and the first of seven Florida Gators in 2016.[19]

External video
Buccaneers draft Hargreaves 11th overall
Vernon Hargreaves' Draft Interview

On May 6, 2016, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Hargreaves to fully guaranteed four-year, $14.17 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $8.51 million.[20]

Throughout training camp, he participated in an open competition to name a starting cornerback against Brent Grimes, Johnthan Banks, Alterraun Verner, Jude Adjei-Barimah, and Joel Ross.[21] Head coach Dirk Koetter named Hargreaves the third cornerback on the depth chart, behind Brent Grimes and Alterraun Verner.[22]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' season-opener at the Atlanta Falcons and recorded two combined tackles during a 31–24 victory. He made his first career tackle on wide receiver Justin Hardy in the first quarter.[23] On October 30, 2016, Hargreaves collected a season-high eight solo tackles and two pass deflections during a 30–24 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders in Week 8.[24] In Week 14, Hargreaves made three solo tackles, broke up a pass, and made his first career interception off a pass by Drew Brees in the Buccaneers' 16–11 victory against the New Orleans Saints.[25] He finished his rookie season with 76 combined tackles (68 solo), nine pass deflections, and an interception in 16 games and 16 starts.[26]


Head coach Dirk Koetter retained Grimes and Hargreaves as the starting cornerbacks to begin the 2017 regular season. On October 1, 2017, Hargreaves recorded a career-high nine solo tackles and deflected a pass during a 25–23 victory against the New York Giants in Week 4.[27] In Week 8, he tied his season-high of two pass deflections and recorded six combined tackles during a 17–3 loss to the Carolina Panthers.[27] On November 12, 2017, Hargreaves made three combined tackles before exiting the Buccaneers' 15–10 win against the New York Jets in the third quarter after sustaining a hamstring injury.[27] He was inactive for the next five games (Weeks 11–15) before the Buccaneers opted to place him on injured reserve on December 20, 2017.[28] He finished his second season with 42 combined tackles (37 solo) and five pass deflections in nine games and eight starts.[27]


In Week 1, Hargreaves recorded seven combined tackles, one pass defensed and forced a fumble that was recovered by Justin Evans and returned for a touchdown. He suffered a shoulder injury in the game and was placed on injured reserve on September 12, 2018.[29]


On April 24, 2019, the Buccaneers exercised the fifth-year option on Hargreaves contract.[30]


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  2. ^ "Hillsborough County National Division (Western Conference)".
  3. ^ "FHSAA 4A District 6".
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  5. ^ "Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves shining star in Florida's 2013 disappointment".
  6. ^ Coaches tab Gators freshman Vernon Hargreaves first-team All-SEC Archived December 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Vernon Hargreaves officially leaving Florida Gators for NFL draft".
  8. ^ "*Vernon Hargreaves, DS No. 1 CB, Florida". Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  9. ^ Burke, Chris (April 12, 2016). "2016 NFL Draft Rankings". Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  10. ^ Mayock, Mike (April 27, 2016). "Mike Mayock's 2016 NFL Draft position rankings 5.0". Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  11. ^ Jeremiah, Daniel (February 18, 2016). "Ranking top 50 prospects for 2016 NFL Draft". Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  12. ^ Davis, Charles (March 4, 2016). "Charles Davis' top 50 prospects for 2016 NFL Draft". Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  13. ^ Zierlein, Lance (March 4, 2016). "Lance Zierlein's top 50 prospects for 2016 NFL Draft". Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  14. ^ Brooks, Bucky (March 4, 2016). "Bucky Brooks' top 50 prospects for 2016 NFL Draft". Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  15. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles – Vernon Hargreaves". National Football League.
  16. ^ "*Vernon Hargreaves III – Florida, CB : 2016 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile".
  17. ^ "Buccaneers sign No. 11 pick CB Vernon Hargreaves".
  18. ^ "2016 NFL Draft Results: Buccaneers pick Vernon Hargreaves".
  19. ^ "2016 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  20. ^ " Vernon Hargreaves contract". Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  21. ^ "Conor Competition Looming for Buccaneers". Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  22. ^ Phillips, Sander (September 6, 2016). "Buccaneers'2016 depth chart: Vernon Hargreaves shares starting job". Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  23. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons – September 11th, 2016". Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  24. ^ "Oakland Raiders at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – October 30th, 2016". Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  25. ^ "New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – December 11th, 2016". Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  26. ^ "Vernon Hargreaves Career Game Log". Retrieved August 16, 2017.
  27. ^ a b c d "NFL Player stats: Vernon Hargreaves (2017)". Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  28. ^ Smith, Scott (December 20, 2017). "Standout Rookies Among Five Bucs Headed to IR". Archived from the original on December 23, 2017.
  29. ^ Smith, Scott (September 12, 2018). "Bucs Lose Vernon Hargreaves to Injured Reserve".
  30. ^ Smith, Scott (April 24, 2019). "Bucs Exercise Fifth-Year Option on Vernon Hargreaves".

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