Tampa Bay Sports Day

Bucs Choose Florida’s Hargreaves with First Round Pick

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked Florida defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III with their 11th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Bears traded up to Tampa Bay’s original No. 9 slot.

“An Exciting night for the Bucs. Great to be able to get the guy that we were looking for and still pick up an extra pick in the fourth round, so we’re off to a good start,” said first-year head coach Dirk Koetter.

He started 13 games at cornerback in 2015, missing one due to injury. For the Gators Hargreaves totaled 33 tackles and tied for the team lead with four interceptions which he returned for a combined 152 yards.

“I really like the kid’s confidence. I liked his confidence a lot. I thought he was very articulate, I thought he had bright eyes, I thought he was eager to learn, I thought he had a short memory. I think at corner in the NFL – the guys he’s going to be covering in our division – he’s going to need to have a short memory,” added Koetter. “We thought Jameis (Winston) was maybe a little too overconfident last year, but that could be a good thing and I think that Vernon’s confidence is going to be an asset as well.”

He was named one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award and  consensus First Team All-American and First Team All-SEC selection.  Hargreaves  was also semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award.

“It’s surreal, it’s surreal. Don’t really know what to feel right now. Super excited and kind of ready to get started. Ready to put some work in,” Hargreaves said of his selection.

The Buccaneers haven’t made the playoffs since 2007.

BUCS NOTEBOOOK: The Tampa Bay and WOFL-TV/FOX 35 Orlando announced today a new multi-year media rights agreement that will make the station Central Florida’s official television partner of the Buccaneers. Under the agreement, FOX 35 will broadcast Tampa Bay’s preseason games, as well as work throughout the year to create the ultimate viewer experience for the region’s NFL fans.

STORM SIGNED: The Bucs announced that the team has signed running back Storm Johnson. Johnson (6-0, 216) originally entered the league as a seventh-round draft pick (222nd overall) of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2014 NFL Draft. In 2014, Johnson played in six games, with one start, rushing 29 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns. The UCF product spent the 2015 offseason and preseason with Jacksonville.