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Vernon Hargreaves III | Cornerback

Team: Florida Gators
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 185

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Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III is "not huge, but he's the total package otherwise, a quick, instinctive cornerback who plays well in run support and is a lockdown cover man," observes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect has posted six interceptions and 24 pass breakups in just 24 career games. He earned All-SEC honors as a true freshman and then became an All-American as a sophomore. Brown ranks him as the country's No. 2 corner, behind Jalen Ramsey of Florida State. Jun 25 - 4:26 PM

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Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III was named to the Phil Steele's preseason All-America first team.

This is the second consecutive year that the Florida prospect has been named to Steel’s First Team. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect has recorded six interceptions in just 24 games of play, flashing cover skills to get Joe-Haden type comparisons by evaluators. Hargreaves III has an opportunity to be a top-10 selection in the 2016 draft, with a another solid year of play this season.
Jun 1 - 3:44 PM

The SEC has raised the first offense fine for a school rushing the field, moving it from $5,000 to $50,000, according to Brett McMurphy.

Expect schools to take more precaution to keep students and fans away from the field following games. This is obviously a large jump and it is likely filed under the "safety" classification.
May 29 - 11:37 AM

Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III "is a technically sound corner who rarely gets beaten over the top thanks to his speed and agility to turn and run and wideouts," notes SB Nation's Dan Kadar.

"The knock on him is that he's not the biggest, but he's rates high in every other area," Kadar wrote. The analyst believes Hargreaves is the only player right now who could realistically enter into a debate with Ohio State junior defensive end Joey Bosa over who should be the top draft prospect entering the season. Hargreaves is the best corner in the land.
Source: SB Nation
May 22 - 8:01 PM

NFL Media ranks Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III as the No. 2 defensive player in the country.

"As a freshman, he knocked an eventual early NFL draft entry out of a job. As a sophomore, he established himself as the best cornerback in the SEC," wrote NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. "This year, there's not much room for improvement for Hargreaves. He is good enough to break the normal field/boundary cornerback alignment and simply shadow the opponent's best receiver, if the new UF coaching staff chooses to use him that way." Hargreaves tied for the conference lead last season with 13 pass breakups. He chipped in three interceptions. If all goes according to plan, he'll be a top-10 pick in one year's time.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 8:14 PM

Scout.com ranks Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III as the No. 2 overall draft prospect.

"He's the top cornerback in college football with the skill set to be a potential top five pick in next year's draft," wrote Jamie Newberg. "Hargreaves has very good size (5-11/192) and length. He plays with outstanding instincts and superior ball skills. Hargreaves is exceptional in press coverage and can play off. This is a confident corner that's as good as they come." Hargreaves, who led the SEC last season with 13 pass breakups and chipped in three interceptions, is compared by NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah to Joe Haden.
Source: Scout.com
May 16 - 5:04 PM

ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper has Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III as his No. 5 overall prospect on his big board, and thinks he could be the "top CB taken in the 2015 draft, if available."

"What Hargreaves lacks in size, he makes up for in instincts and effortless fluidity in moving with receivers. He's not that small, really, at 5-11 and about 195 pounds, and I think he would have been the top CB taken in the 2015 draft, if available," Kiper wrote. The Florida prospect has definitely showed he's worthy of the praise, as he's recorded six interceptions in just 24 games, flashing cover skills to get Joe-Haden type comparisons. Our own Josh Norris had Hargreaves III going to the Titans at No. 4 in his 2016 mock draft.
Source: ESPN.com
May 14 - 3:37 PM

Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III "could be a top-10 pick," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The SEC's best cover corner has been compared by NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah to Joe Haden. Hargreaves ranks as the No. 4 underclassmen prospect in the draft in the estimation of Rang. Rotoworld's Josh Norris recently slotted Hargreaves III to the Titans at No. 4 in a mock draft.
Source: CBS Sports
May 12 - 2:37 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris slotted Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III to the Titans at No. 4 in a 2016 mock draft.

"Hargreaves has faced some of the top receivers in the country," he wrote. "He has not always won, but there is obvious skill in his game. Expect him to lock down many opponents this season." In Todd McShay's mock exercise, Hargreaves stayed home, going to the Jags at No. 6. "He's smaller than ideal for a cornerback in Gus Bradley's defense, but he's an elite talent," McShay wrote. "His man-to-man cover skills are outstanding, and he's a playmaker due to his instincts and anticipation."
Source: Rotoworld
May 9 - 6:36 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang sees Florida junior CB Vernon Hargreaves III as "a natural cover corner with excellent fluidity and light feet to remain in the hip pocket of receivers."

As do we. "He's alert and competitive, positioning his body between the receiver and his quarterback and showing superb body control, including hand-eye coordination, to harass pass-catchers," Rang wrote. "With another strong season in 2015, Hargreaves will likely consider making the early leap to the NFL, where he could prove to be the highest drafted defensive back from Florida since the Cleveland Browns made Joe Haden the No. 7 overall pick in 2010." Interestingly, NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah compares Hargreaves to Haden.
Source: CBS Sports
May 8 - 8:12 PM

Florida sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves III had an interception in Saturday's Birmingham Bowl victory over ECU.

Hargreaves ends his sophomore campaign with three interceptions, a number that would have been higher if opposing teams didn't so consistently throw away from him. Hargreaves ranked No. 3 on Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl's non-draft eligible rankings published last month. "He is a smooth athlete who possesses adequate size and shows great balance to mirror receivers when locked up in man coverage," they wrote. "The sophomore also has outstanding instincts and anticipation that allow him to be a playmaker. While he can continue to clean up his technique as a tackler, he is willing and aggressive in run support." NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah compares Hargreaves to Joe Haden.
Jan 3 - 5:15 PM

Florida sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves III was "the top cornerback in college football this year, and shares similar qualities to Darrelle Revis," wrote Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

Hargreaves ranks No. 3 on the pair's non-draft eligible rankings. "He is a smooth athlete who possesses adequate size and shows great balance to mirror receivers when locked up in man coverage," they wrote. "The sophomore also has outstanding instincts and anticipation that allow him to be a playmaker (24 pass breakups and 5 interceptions in his career). While he can continue to clean up his technique as a tackler, he is willing and aggressive in run support." NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah compares Hargreaves to Joe Haden. Mr. Hargreaves will be mighty popular come this time next year.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 02:45:00 PM

Florida sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves III had an interception in Saturday's 10-9 win against Tennessee.

The Gators and Vols played one of the ugliest games you'll ever see in front of 102,455 unfortunate souls at Neyland Stadium. The contest featured five interceptions, one touchdown total and a benched quarterback (Jeff Driskel). Because of the defense led by Hargreaves, Florida, trailing 9-0 in the fourth quarter, was able to keep the game close until backup Treon Harris led the squad to 10 points and the win. NFL.com ranked Hargreaves III as the No. 17 overall player in college football prior to the year. Daniel Jeremiah compares him to Joe Haden. The true sophomore is not yet draft-eligible.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 06:04:00 PM

Florida sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves III played Alabama's Amari Cooper "very well" in Saturday's loss, writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Hargreaves actually played Cooper very well in this game, showing off the agility, speed and instincts to one day earn a first round selection, himself," Rang wrote. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote last week that Hargreaves III "might be the best cornerback in college football." NFL.com ranked Hargreaves III as the No. 17 overall player in college football prior to the year. Daniel Jeremiah compares him to Joe Haden. The true sophomore is not yet draft-eligible.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 01:51:00 AM

Florida sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves III "might be the best cornerback in college football," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The true sophomore is not yet draft-eligible. "It will be a treat to watch him [on Saturday] against [Alabama's Amari] Cooper," Brugler wrote. Cooper, of course, is one of college football's best wideouts and ranks second amongst FBS WRs with 460 receiving yards. NFL.com ranked Hargreaves III as the No. 17 overall player in college football prior to the year. Daniel Jeremiah compares him to Joe Haden.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 05:26:00 PM