Most NFL Draft analysts believe that the Buccaneers will draft either a cornerback or a defensive end with the ninth overall pick in late April. If Tampa Bay does select a corner, the consensus appears to be that it will be former Florida Gator, Vernon Hargreaves.
Numerous teams are courting who many consider to be one of the best defensive backs in the draft, but it appears that Hargreaves may have an ideal landing place in mind. During his Pro Day workout at the University of Florida on Wednesday, Hargreaves was wearing cleats with the words "City of Tampa" written across them. They were the same cleats that Hargreaves wore during his workout at the NFL Scouting Combine a few weeks back.
Pictures from Hargreaves' Pro Day at the University of Florida on Wednesday.
Hargreaves was born and raised in Tampa, playing his high school ball at Wharton High School. The distance between Wharton and One Buccaneer Place, where the Buccaneers train, is 23 miles, or about a half-hour car ride.
The Buccaneers were in attendance for Hargreaves' Pro Day in Gainesville, and the team's newly-hired defensive backs coach, Jon Hoke, was among the coaches putting him through his workout. After his on-field drills were finished, Hargreaves expressed his affinity for playing in Tampa Bay.
"That would be great," he told Sports Talk Florida. "That would be amazing. My mom is right down the street, so that'd be good. But, we'll see how it plays out."
Most consider Hargreaves to be the second-best cornerback in this year's draft, behind Florida State's Jalen Ramsey. In the Bucs' latest Mock Draft Roundup, he was linked to the Buccaneers more than any other prospect.
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