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Prospect Profile: Vernon Hargreaves III

Cornerback| Florida| Junior

Height:5-foot-10 | Weight: 204 pounds

College Stats

2015: one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive back; consensus first-team All-American; first-team All-SEC selection; semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive player; started 13 games at cornerback, missing one due to injury; totaled 33 tackles and tied for the team lead with four interceptions which he returned for a combined 152 yards

Career: semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and a Lott IMPACT Trophy nominee; named first-team All-American by Sporting News, and in 2014; unanimous first-team All-SEC in 2014; recorded 121 total tackles and 10 interceptions for the Gators; first-team All-SEC and freshman All-SEC honoree in 2013.

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.50 seconds

Bench press: 15 reps of 225 pounds

Broad jump: 10 feet, 10 inches (3rd among CBs)

Vertical jump: 39 inches (4th among CBs)

20-yard shuttle: 3.98 seconds


Summary:A three-year standout at Florida, Hargreaves' game seems well-suited for the transition to the professional level. He combines quick instincts with aggression and a nose for the ball. A versatile corner, Hargreaves has excelled various types of coverage.

Although Hargreaves is under 6feet tall, he isn't afraid to get his nose dirty.'s Lance Zierlein wrote that Hargreaves is "unwilling to stay blocked and doesn't hesitate for one moment in run support and against wide receiver screens. Chest­-up tackler who runs through his target."

Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock ranked Hargreaves as his top cornerback, moving him up from the second spot in Mayock's initial rankings. Fellow analyst Bucky Brooks has Hargreaves as the No. 2 prospect at the position behind Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Daniel Jeremiah ranked Hargreaves at No. 9 in his list of the top 50 prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft. 

In his blood: Hargreaves took after the athletic genes of his father, Vernon II, who was a four-year letter winner at the University of Connecticut in the early 80s. Vernon II was named to UConn's 100th anniversary team and has coached linebackers and special teams for multiple schools (USF, Houston, Arkansas).

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