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06 May 2016


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has signed cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, the team’s first-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Hargreaves III (5-10, 204) was chosen 11th overall out of the University of Florida, where he started 35-of-37 career games, totaling 121 tackles, three tackles for loss, 28 passes defensed, nine interceptions (returned 191 yards), two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. He was named a unanimous All-American after his junior season, while earning first-team All-SEC all three seasons he played, including unanimous selections following both his junior and sophomore campaigns. The Tampa native was one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award in 2015, given annually to the best defensive back in college football, and was a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award in both 2014 and 2015, presented annually to the best defensive player in the country. He will wear No. 28 for Tampa Bay.
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