Vernon Hargreaves on joining Bucs: 'That would be amazing'
GAINESVILLE -DB Vernon Hargreaves III had an easy opportunity to make an impression on his hometown team Tuesday during the Florida Gators' pro day.
Bucs defensive back coach Jon Hoke led the secondary drills for Hargreaves, a former UF and Wharton High star who is expected to be a top-10 pick in next month's NFL draft.
Hargreaves is a popular Bucs target on mock drafts with the No. 9 overall pick, and at least four Bucs representatives were at UF's new indoor practice facility to watch Hargreaves and his teammates work out.
Hargreaves said he hasn't talked with the Bucs much yet but has a meeting scheduled with the team for early next month, a few days after meeting with Jacksonville. He continued to work out in new Under Armour cleats with an image of Tampa painted on them.
"That would be amazing," Hargreaves said of possibly playing for the Bucs. "My mom would be right down the street, so that would be good. We'll see how it plays out."
Hargreaves was measured at 5-feet, 10 4/8 inches and 207 pounds - two or three pounds heavier than his ideal weight. He said his training was briefly derailed with a heel injury, but he looked smooth Tuesday as he only competed in position drills.
"It was smooth," Hargreaves said. "It was good. It was fun to be back out there with the boys..."
Representatives from every NFL team were at UF's pro day to watch Hargreaves and a handful of other prospects, including possible first-round defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard and safety Keanu Neal. Hargreaves said the Dolphins and 49ers showed the most interest in him Tuesday.
Hargreaves he plans to attend the April 28 NFL draft in Chicago and said he intends to give commissioner Roger Goodell a handshake rather than a hug.
Despite being a likely top-10 pick, Hargreaves might not be the best defensive back in his own state; Florida State's Jalen Ramsey is viewed by some pundits as the safest pick in the draft. Hargreaves, for what it's worth, said he believes he's the best cornerback in his class.
"Without a doubt," Hargreaves said. "Without a doubt, every time. I'm always going to pick me."
We'll find out in a little more than a month whether the Bucs feel the same way.