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Scouting the NFL Draft: CB Vernon Hargreaves III

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    Vernon Hargreaves III of the Florida Gators catches a pass against the New Mexico State Aggies at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville Sept. 5, 2015. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

    Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
    Ht. 5'10", Wt. 204, Arm: 30 ⅝", Hand: 8 ¾", Bench: 15
    40 yd: 4.50, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: 39", Broad: 10'10"
    Games Watched: Alabama (2014), Ole Miss, Alabama

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    Vernon Hargreaves III hit the ground running at Florida, being named a third-team All-America after breaking up 10 passes and intercepting 3 in 10 games as a true freshman. He was even stronger as a sophomore, with 13 passes defended, 3 interceptions and earning first-team All-America honors.

    Hargreaves went into his junior season as one of the top draft prospects at cornerback. His stock has "slipped" some since then, but he still garners first-round consideration. I personally devalue the cornerback position, though, so he's fighting an uphill battle in that regard.

    Strengths

    • Man Coverage - Strong when he can press
    • Deep Zone Coverage - Excels in Cover 3, 4
    • Good Instincts - Diagnoses, recognizes plays quickly
    • Quick - Changes direction well
    • Run Defense - Very willing run support
    • Closing Speed - Good plant/drive
    • Catch Point - Often makes play on ball
    • Return Experience - Could handle kick/punt duties
    • Feisty

    Weaknesses

    • Off Issues - Not as effective when he can't press and not facing QB
    • Recovery Speed - Leads to WR separation
    • Bad Feet - Often choppy, inefficient in backpedal
    • Hands - Typical DB
    • Overly Aggressive - Susceptible to double moves
    • Size - Lacks elite height, length

    Verdict: Second-Round Pick

    A lot of people absolutely love Hargreaves. I'm not one of those people, but I do think he's a very good prospect. When he's in press-man or deep zone, he looks like a first-round pick. When he's in off-man or short zone, though, he looks more ordinary to me.

    If the Seattle Seahawks end up with Hargreaves, he'd be a Pro Bowler — whatever value that holds, these days — very quickly. He's too inconsistent for the Cowboys to consider using a first-round pick on him, but he'd be a good value if he falls to their second-round pick. If he can clean up his relatively mild coverage issues, he could be a Josh Norman-like player in the Dallas secondary.