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Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves named to PFWA All-Rookie team

Published Jan. 18, 2017

Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, who started every game in Tampa Bay's 9-7 season, has been named to the Pro Football Writers of America's All-Rookie Team, the only Bucs player to earn the honor.

Hargreaves, a Wharton High graduate who was drafted from the University of Florida with the No. 11 overall pick in last year's draft, finished third among NFL rookies with 68 solo tackles and ranked third on the Bucs defense as well. He had a single interception, coming against Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and played in 1,037 of 1,062 defensive snaps, second behind only linebacker Lavonte David.

Hargreaves was the only Bucs player on the All-Rookie team -- defensive end Noah Spence lost out to Jaguars rookie Yannick Ngakoue and Chargers rookie Joey Bosa. The Bucs were shut out in Monday's PFW All-NFL and All-NFC team, with even receiver Mike Evans edged out by Atlanta's Julio Jones and the Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. for the NFC honors at receiver.

The Bucs had three players on the PFWA All-Rookie team in 2015 in quarterback Jameis Winston, guard Ali Marpet and linebacker Kwon Alexander; receiver Mike Evans was the only player on the team in 2014, and quarterback Mike Glennon was the only Bucs player honored in 2013.