Mock Draft Monday: Vernon Hargreaves' homecoming to Bucs looking likely
After a one-week break, Mock Draft Monday is back with a familiar conclusion: Vernon Hargreaves could be coming home.
The former Florida/Wharton High star seems to be the favorite for the Bucs' selection with the No. 9 overall pick - assuming he lasts that long. Hargreaves will have another chance to prove himself this week; the Gators' pro day is scheduled for Tuesday. Other pundits still think the Bucs go with a pass rusher - perhaps Clemson's Shaq Lawson, or Oregon's DeForest Buckner.
One of Hargreaves' teammates, defensive lineman Jon Bullard, will be on display, too. Bullard has worked his way onto two first-round mock drafts, for what that's worth.
Here's our weekly summary of potential Bucs targets and local players among noted mock drafts:
Bucs, No. 9 overall pick
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.: Florida/Wharton High CB Vernon Hargreaves. "No change here from the previous mock. Hargreaves is highly regarded throughout the league and certainly could be drafted before this point.
MMQB: Clemson DE Shaq Lawson. Robert Klemko writes: "I could be convinced the Bucs would help out young Jameis Winston and go with Ole Miss WR Laquon Treadwell here, but the best fit is Lawson, a versatile edge rusher who should have no problem against the run. The Bucs are wasting DT Gerald McCoy's best years by surrounding the generational talent with mediocre linemen. Time to fix that."
SI's Chris Burke: Hargreaves.
NFL.com: The site's four experts remain split between Hargreaves, Clemson DE Kevin Dodd, Oregon DE DeForest Buckner and Ohio State DE Joey Bosa.
CBSSports consensus: Oregon DE DeForest Buckner. Will Brinson writes: "The Buccaneers are suddenly terrifying up front on the defensive side of the ball when you couple Buckner with Gerald McCoy."
USA Today's Nate Davis: Hargreaves. "The ball's in the air quite a bit in the NFC South. Pairing Hargreaves with veteran CB Brent Grimes would give the ex-Gator more time to adapt to the pros while honing his skills against No. 2 receivers or while locking down the slot."
Rotoworld's Josh Norris: Lawson.
ESPN's Todd McShay (unchanged): Hargreaves. "It's not often the best pure cover corner in the draft falls to No. 9 overall, but here we are."
Pro Football Focus (unchanged): Baylor WR Corey Coleman: "QB Jameis Winston already has his big targets in Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, but Coleman adds another dimension to the passing game with his ability to create quick separation and pick up yards after the catch."
Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey
NFL.com consensus: No. 1, to Tennessee. Bucky Brooks writes: "Finding a dynamic quarterback of the defense is a top priority with Dick LeBeau intent on building a dominant defense in Tennessee."
ESPN's Kiper: No. 5, to Jacksonville. "I think a little patience with him at cornerback will go a long way. He has star potential."
MMQB: No. 3, to San Diego: "You could make the argument for Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley, but Ramsey looks like a sure thing at more than one position."
SI.com's Burke: No. 2, to Cleveland.
CBSSports consensus: No. 3, to San Diego.
USA Today: No. 3, to San Diego. "Ramsey, arguably the best player in the draft, can play anywhere in the secondary, but his athleticism may allow him to make the biggest impact on the back line."
Rotoworld: No. 1, to Tennessee.
Pro Football Focus (unchanged): No. 1, to Tennessee. "He has the size and length to become one of the league's best, and given his domination at the combine, the physical attributes are there as well."
ESPN's McShay (unchanged): No. 5, to Jacksonville. "The Jaguars have needs at both corner and safety. The solution? Draft Ramsey and figure out which hole you want him to plug."
Florida/Wharton High CB Vernon Hargreaves III
CBSSports consensus: No. 8, to Philadelphia. Rob Rang writes: "This remains a leaky secondary, and in a division with Dez Bryant and Odell Beckham, Jr, that won't work. Hargreaves is a three-time All-SEC pick with terrific agility, instincts, ball-skills and physicality as a tackler."
MMQB: No. 8, to Philadelphia.
Rotoworld: No. 8, to Philadelphia. "Hargreaves does offer athleticism (he's more athletic than 97 percent of NFL CBs) and is an aggressive player."
NFL.com consensus: Somewhere between eighth (Philadelphia) and 13 to the Dolphins.
Pro Football Focus (unchanged): No. 8.
Florida DL Jonathan Bullard
Rotoworld: No. 26, to Seattle. "The Florida defensive lineman surprised me with his athleticism (he's a great athlete) and can help the Seahawks generate interior disruption."
Pro Football Focus (unchanged): No. 24, to Cincinnati. "Just as we said in the last mock, a nose tackle would be a great fit for the Bengals here, but Bullard's early down production and position versatility is too much to pass up."