Vernon Hargreaves
Vernon Hargreaves
24-Year-Old CornerbackCB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Three seasons after being nabbed with the 11th overall pick in 2016, Hargreaves has 125 tackles across 26 NFL games, but just one interception. Moreover, the elevated number of stops speak as much to how high a catch rate Hargreaves has allowed as it does to his ability to wrap up effectively. The former Gator clearly struggled at times with the zone coverage he was often asked to play during his first two seasons, but the light appeared to be coming on for him last summer while being deployed more often in the slot. Then, Hargreaves suffered what turned out to be a season-ending shoulder injury Week 1, the latest frustrating chapter in his pro career. New defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will ask his corners to play much more of a press-heavy scheme, which seemingly suits Hargreaves' skill set well. However, he'll ultimately have to prove his worth on the field ahead of the 2019 season to have a chance at finding the success that's eluded him to this point. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $14.17 million contract with the Buccaneers in May of 2016. Buccaneers exercised team option for 2020 in April of 2019.
Records 12 tackles
CBTampa Bay Buccaneers
September 13, 2019
Hargreaves had 12 tackles (11 solo) and one pass defensed in Thursday's win over the Panthers.
Hargreaves' final tackle was his most important, as he brought down Christian McCaffrey short of the goal line on fourth down to end Carolina's comeback chance. The 24-year-old is off to a strong start in 2019 with a pick-six in the season opener and double-digit tackles in Week 2.
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Measurables Review
How do Vernon Hargreaves' measurables compare to other cornerbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 10"
204 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.50 sec
Shuttle Time
3.98 sec
Vertical Jump
39.0 in
Broad Jump
130 in
Bench Press
15 reps
Hand Length
8.75 in
Arm Length
30.63 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Heading into his third season, Hargreaves is getting precariously close to put-up-or-shut-up time. A 2015 first-round pick, he's fallen woefully short on the playmaking end over his first pair of campaigns. The former UF standout has all of one interception to his name over his first 25 NFL contests, and his sophomore season was disappointingly curtailed by a Week 10 hamstring injury. From the glass-half-full perspective, Hargreaves has proven to be an adept tackler while compiling 118 career stops, but it's worth noting a certain number of those have come due to the high success rate quarterbacks have enjoyed when targeting him. Another robust tackle total - by cornerback standards - could once again be a part of Hargreaves' IDP profile in 2018. Additionally, given he displayed some ball-hawking skills during his three college seasons by snagging 10 interceptions, Hargreaves could finally be due for a few picks if he can remain healthy for the entirety of the season.
Hargreaves was highly regarded coming out of last year's draft and early returns seemed to validate the accolades. The former Florida Gator progressively improved throughout training camp and preseason, eventually unseating veteran Alterraun Verner for the starting cornerback job. However, Hargreaves experienced some ups and downs once the live bullets started flying and finished with just two turnovers (one interception, one forced fumble), along with 76 tackles (68 solo) and nine passes defensed. Head coach Dirk Koetter has already made clear that he expects the second-year corner to be much more aggressive in 2017, setting the stage for what could be a breakout IDP campaign for the 2016 first-round pick.
The No. 11 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Hargreaves has been impressing since first stepping on the field for the Bucs in the offseason. The UF product has already vaulted into the slot corner spot on the nickel defense, with Bucs coaches confident in his ability to eventually play the inside and outside with equal proficiency. Hargreaves figures to receive significant time against three-receiver sets at a minimum and could conceivably work his way into the starting lineup at some point in the 2016 campaign. For the time being, his IDP value figures to be somewhat capped by not being a part of the standard defense, but his outlook could notably improve if he moves up the depth chart.
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Snags pick-six in opener
CBTampa Bay Buccaneers
September 9, 2019
Hargreaves recorded three tackles (two solo) and a pick-six interception in the Buccaneers' 31-17 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.
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Impressing over first week of camp
CBTampa Bay Buccaneers
August 1, 2019
Hargreaves is running with the first-team defense thus far in camp and has repeatedly made plays in coordinator Todd Bowles' new defensive scheme, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
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Called out by coach
CBTampa Bay Buccaneers
May 14, 2019
Hargreaves was held out of Tuesday's practice for non-injury reasons, with coach Bruce Arians saying the cornerback "has to get his mind right to practice," Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Fifth-year team option exercised
CBTampa Bay Buccaneers
April 24, 2019
The Buccaneers exercised Hargreaves' fifth-year team option Wednesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
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High hopes in new scheme
CBTampa Bay Buccaneers
April 11, 2019
Hargreaves will be playing press coverage much more often and lining up exclusively on the outside in new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles' 3-4 scheme, Jenna Laine of reports. "It's everything that I do. It's kind of like taking me back to college," Hargreaves said of the new scheme, which is more aggressive than the read-and-react system favored by former defensive coordinator Mike Smith. "It's that same scheme [as the Florida Gators used] -- blitz the quarterback, man-to-man on the outside and let's get after it."
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