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Kiper agrees that Tampa Bay will go defense in the first round, but at a different position. In his initial mock draft, Kiper has Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III landing with the Buccaneers at No. 9.
Kiper has Hargreaves as the second defensive back off the board. He predicts that Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey will be selected by the Jaguars at No. 5.
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Hargreaves was a consensus All-American in 2015 after recording 33 tackles, four interceptions and four passes defensed. In his three years with the Gators, he earned 121 tackles, 10 interceptions, 27 passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
“While scouts have voiced some concerns about Hargreaves’ size and recovery speed, you won’t find anyone who doesn’t admire his competitiveness and consistency of production,” NFL.com wrote in their scouting report. “Hargreaves has a level of suddenness and explosiveness in his movements that should always have him near the ball. With top-notch ball skills and exceptional instincts that drew praise from Alabama’s Nick Saban, Hargreaves possesses the football makeup to become a Pro Bowl cornerback.”