PFF scouting report: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

Steve Palazzolo and the PFF draft analysts break down the play of Florida's Vernon Hargreaves III ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

PFF scouting report: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida


Below is the PFF draft profile for Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.

Position fit: Cornerback, has the skills to play outside or in the slot, even though he played only 46 snaps in the slot over the last two years

Stats to know: Finished with the nation’s second-best coverage grade in 2014 at +22.3 before falling to +4.9 in 2015

What he does best:
• Excellent movement skills, reads and breaks on routes quickly
• Plays multiple coverages; adept at playing press man, “off” coverage, or any zone concept
• Smart player, reads plays well when playing zone
• When in press, uses his movement skills to mirror receivers rather than press
• Always seems to have an eye on the quarterback; reacts and closes quickly on passes
• Good ball skills. Turns bad throws, mis-reads, and miscommunications into interceptions
• Works downhill on screens very well, attacks blockers and finishes plays
• Only allowed two touchdowns in two seasons

Biggest concern:
• Teams can use his aggressiveness on underneath passes against him, showed susceptibility to double moves
• What looked like a speed issue at times on deep passes was really him eyeing the quarterback and guessing — too many receivers ran past him in these instances
• Can overcommit to the outside at times in press, opens himself up to quick slants
• Gets outmuscled at the catch point at times on deep passes, may be an issue against bigger NFL receivers

Bottom line: Few cornerbacks have the movement skills and football acumen of Hargreaves. He stepped right into a prominent role as a true freshman and will likely do the same at the NFL level, and he’s one of the most scheme-diverse players in the draft. The NFL is enamored with six-foot-plus corners, but the league’s shifty route runners need players to keep up with them as well and Hargreaves has a chance to develop into one of the best corners at keeping them honest.

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