Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Two Bucs Make NFL.com's All-Rookie Team

NFL Media's Gil Brandt selected Bucs CB Vernon Hargreaves and DE Noah Spence to his All-Rookie team.

NFL Media's Gil Brandt selected two Buccaneers to his All-Rookie team.

After a strong 2016 campaign, Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and defensive end Noah Spence have been selected to NFL.com analyst Gil Brandt's All-Rookie team. Spence and Hargreaves were among 27 players selected for the list, which featured Dallas' Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, along with the Los Angeles Chargers' Joey Bosa.

This is the second major publication to select Hargreaves for their All-Rookie team after the Pro Football Writers of America honored him in January.

Hargreaves started all 16 games for the Buccaneers and rarely stepped off the field. He recorded 76 tackles, an interception, nine passes defensed and a forced fumble during his first year in Tampa Bay.

"Hargreaves was targeted 114 times and gave up touchdowns on just two of his burns," Brandt wrote. "He's a really good man-coverage guy, and it's very hard to get separation against him."

He was one of three cornerbacks listed, along with Jacksonville's Jalen Ramsey and the New York Giants' Eli Apple.   

Spence finished his rookie season with 22 tackles, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and two passes defensed. His 5.5 sacks were the fifth-most among rookies in 2016. Other defensive linemen selected were Bosa, San Francisco's DeForest Buckner and Kansas City's Chris Jones.

"A situational pass rusher who was limited to three starts as a rookie, Spence nonetheless contributed 5.5 sacks and 12 quarterback hits," Brandt wrote. "I think he'll be a steady professional in the years to come."

This is the second year in a row where the Buccaneers' top two draft picks were selected to Brandt's All-Rookie team. Last year's first and second round picks, Jameis Winston and Donovan Smith, were awarded the honor following the 2015 season.

For Brandt's complete All-Rookie team, click HERE.

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