Vernon Hargreaves: “Expect A Lockdown, Playmaking Corner”

April 29th, 2016

HargreavesNew Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, just 20 years old, was talking a big game last night.

The former Gators star was just being his trademark confident self, flashing the ego Jason Licht and Dirk Koetter say they adore. They appreciate what America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, and his big personality and drive meant to the roster.

Hargreaves joined the Buccaneers Radio Network on WDAE-AM 620 last night and let Bucs fans know exactly what he thinks. “Expect a lockdown, playmaking corner,” Hargreaves said. Audio below.

74 Responses to “Vernon Hargreaves: “Expect A Lockdown, Playmaking Corner””

  1. SB with Jameis Says:

    VH3 is gonna Thrive in Mike Smith’s D. He was Awesome in Muschamp’s system. Kid can flat out Ball!

  2. ChanEpic Says:

    VH3, welcome home!

  3. jmoneyisback Says:

    I do expect a lockdown, playmaking corner. I just don’t expect it from Hargreaves.

  4. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    “A lockdown” “playmaking corner”

    Enough said… VH3 will prove to all the haterz he’s the real deal. And after Grimes wich will be gone after a season or two, he is our next best corner. And will prove that soon enough.

  5. PabloBack Says:

    Can’t wait to see Americas Corner back vs Julio Jones

  6. old buc fan Says:

    Think we got the best pure CB in the draft, only time will tell. Joe is right in that we need the best DE available at our nest pick. We still have too many glaring holes to fill, was happy to get the 4th rd pick from Chi.

  7. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Lavonte David: Would you and Kwon just shut-up?!!?

    LOL. It’s good to have some chatter on the defense.

  8. Gaytor Bait Says:

    I swear to god if I see him do the gaytor chomp after making a big play im gunna throw my beer at the tv.

  9. DB55 Says:

    Did I miss the tweets from the team welcoming Hargraves? I didn’t see one tweet from anyone saying welcome. It was like crickets out there last night.

  10. Dick Butkiss Says:

    DB, you must not be on Twitter. It was overkill.

  11. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Just how deep are the DTs this year? Can we still get a good DT with that extra 4th?

    Kwon was a 4th, after all…….

  12. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:


    As a Nole, please take that trash elsewhere. Once they become Bucs, I welcome them all, Gators, Canes, etc….

    That’s just as bad as “semen holes”.

  13. martinii Says:

    He better be a lock-down corner, because if we don’t get a pass rush he is going to be competing with 3 top QB’s and several Formidable WR’s in the NFC South.

  14. SB with Jameis Says:

    DB is just sour that an EX Gator is now a Buc. He gets down like that guys. Don’t be too hard on him.

  15. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Now let’s go get our boy Ogbah or Spence and this team will get a A+ from me. That 4th rndr will,become ammunition to trade up,and grab one of those guys I bet. If Licht does that he will be considered a draft guru, genius. He might just top last year’s draft. Then Again I don’t know if that’s even possible but he will come dam close if he pulls off a trade and gets one of those guys. Even if we only get 3 REALLY good players is still a huge win for us

  16. ndog Says:

    I love the people that keep talking about Barber. Please go check facts and see how Randy Moss did against us and that was with the help of Sapp bringing the heat and Lynch over the top. I loved Barber but the fact is when we played against big receivers we had issues. Now we have at least two in the division that are going to eat this secondary alive unless Banks can step his game up. Plus please tell me all the great SEC quarterbacks that can place the ball nice and high to beat a defender? Yeah there aren’t any, so was he really challenged with his biggest weakness in college?

  17. Pete Says:

    Assume Hargreaves will fill a need.
    Today they must fill Dline needs.

  18. Stanglassman Says:

    Lots of good DTs but not lots of great DTs that are excellent pass rushers and can stop the run. For 15 years I’ve heard all the experts say this guy and that guy are like Sapp, Rankins (and Aaron Donald) really does remind me of Sapp.
    I do like VH3 and think he was the 3rd best CB in this draft. I also believe this is the strongest CB unit i’ve ever seen the Bucs assemble.

  19. SB with Jameis Says:

    Stan…….NObody that gets paid to analyze talent thinks VH3 was the 3rd best CB in the draft but carry on.

  20. DB55 Says:

    Honestly I didn’t see one tweet from a player welcoming hg3 with the exception of Akeem Spence. Nothing from JW, LVD, GMC, Afrothunder, Kwon how lives on Twitter, or DSmith who also lives on Twitter. I must have missed it.

  21. SB with Jameis Says:

    If Licht goes out and gets Andrew Billings I will fly to Tampa to buy him a bottle of Cristal personally

  22. SB with Jameis Says:

    You’ll be strong DB.
    All is good.

  23. DB55 Says:


    Thanks bro. I took the day off today as a mental health day!! BAHHHH

  24. BucFan20 Says:

    This is as much fun as it was watching all the crying as there was on the first day of free agency.

  25. Stanglassman Says:

    SB- Lots of analyst agree. I liked Jalen R. and Will Jackson better. Not that much of a stretch. He was the 3 Cb picked so the Gms as a whole agreed with me. You got JBF commit board and I have GMs in NFL but carry on.

  26. Walter Says:

    You’d better be. All the chatter isn’t going to win you any favor if you bust

  27. CC Says:

    What a bunch of whiny ass bitches. VH3 is a damn good cb, plus we got an additional pick.
    Now go grab Spence or Ogbah.

  28. LargoBuc Says:

    I think by the end of the year, Hargreaves will be the best corner on the team. He plays a lot bigger than he actually is. Between him and Grimes, and a new scheme, guys like Julio Jones and Brandon Cooks are going to struggle to get open.
    Plus, think about it. We got VH3 and now we have a real shot at Emmanuel Ogbah too. I did not think we had a shot at both but wow. We can seriously get BOTH!

  29. ManzielMadness Says:

    Mans for the VHIII haters, from JCDeLaTorre from bucs nation (sorry joe)
    “As a Florida Gator fan, I’ve watched every single game of VH3’s college career. Since the day he stepped on the football field at Florida, you knew this kid would be the next Joe Haden. Quarterbacks avoided him. When they didn’t, he typically made a play against them. The Gators scheme wouldn’t match Hargreaves up one-on-one, for an entire game, so teams would move their superstars away from whereever Hargreaves lined up. That’s a sign of respect.
    Oh and that infamous Hargreaves vs. Cooper game? Most of Cooper’s catches came when the Gators played zone or Cooper was matched up with someone other than VH3. Cooper beat Hargreaves twice – both plays called back because of penalties. Another play where Cooper scored arguably could have been a push off by the Bama receiver, but VH3 was there competing and it was a great play by Cooper. By the way, Cooper’s pretty good, too. For the most part, when Hargreaves was locked with Cooper, Alabama QB Blake Sims looked elsewhere. See it for yourself.

    Hope this helps alleviate the fears a little bit. Now go load up on DL. Go bucs

  30. ManzielMadness Says:

    And not mans, damn autocorrect lol

  31. Dreambig Says:

    As Jameis threw against Hargraves in college, I wonder what he thinks of this pick?

  32. Pat Says:

    Well, VH3 was the 2nd defensive player picked since eons ago…Him & Kwon will be balling. GO BUCS!

  33. gotbbucs Says:

    I’m hoping Licht thinks he can catch some of the Honey Badger lightning in a bottle.

    I’m guessing that’s kind of what he envisions when he watches Hargeaves. Would be awfully nice if he can have somewhere close to that type of impact.

  34. rayjay1122 Says:

    It is the Gator haters that are whining about this pick though they are too dishonest to admit it. I am not a FSU fan but I embraced every FSU player that became Bucs because I am a Bucs fan. Hargreaves was a Gator…so what! Now he is a hometown kid who is a Buc. I support him completely and hope he balls. He will get beat at times just like every DB in the league. Look, I preferred Ramsey and I am a Gator fan but Ramsey was not in our range to draft and there is no guarantees that he will be so much better than VH3. Time will tell. We cant judge picks until a few years into their NFL careers. Trying to do so just shows some degree of impatience and foolishness.

  35. JabooBuc Says:

    The problem is that he wasn’t a “lock down” corner in college. In big games I didn’t notice FSU, Bama, Michigan shy away from throwing at this guy.

  36. Dick Butkiss Says:

    @Rayjay, I am not a gaytor or a nole, I just don’t like CB’s with T-rex arms.

  37. rayjay1122 Says:

    It would be interesting to see the response if we traded back and the Giants took VH3 and we took Eli Apple. Somehow I think the response would be negative also. The draft is not over though and I trust Licht. Imagine if we got Hargreaves, either Dodd/Spence or Ogbah, Sterling Shepherd and FSU kicker Aguayo. That would be 4 starters from this draft to go with the 4 from last year. See a trend? Building through the draft is key. I like the new blueprint that the Bucs are following.

  38. TpaBayFlyFisher Says:

    Well, this is how an NFL team finishes LAST in its division for 5 [or more] straight years. Just as I told you that Mark Barron was too slow, Toast III is too slow and too slight to play against the NFL’s WRs.

  39. Pickgrin Says:

    A “lockdown. playmaking” cornerback is not easy to find in this league. We done good.

    Welcome VH3!

  40. Buc since '74 Says:

    “T-Rex arms”? Good Lord Dick! Measurables – he’s too short and too slow and has “T-Rex arms” – then let me ask you a question Guinness – why was he considered the BEST CB in the SEC? Why did almost all draft experts and analysis have him listed as a top 10 pick?

    Do you even watch college football – or do you record and re-watch the combine over and over? “T-Rex” arms?! You, Sir, are straight up ignorant!

  41. carload Says:

    Carload says Spence next.

  42. Skyline Crew Says:

    I had Hargreaves as the #1 CB. I think Ramsey will be a bust, but time will tell. Hargreaves is a great player and was the best CB in the SEC. Even Cooper and Benjamin said Hargreaves was the toughest CB they played against in college.

  43. Skyline Crew Says:

    Actually looking back at the prospects, Hargreaves is the #1 CB. Ramsey is listed as a FS.

  44. Dick Butkiss Says:

    @Bucs since74 sure do watch college football. Combine is overrated. I watched him get toasted against the great QB Sean Maguire of FSU in that 27-2 blowout. Kid was invisible. I believe when Jameis played against him he threw right to him a few times and didn’t make a single play. Not a game changer.

  45. Dick Butkiss Says:

    @Bucssince74 also the SEC is overrated, not that hard to be good corner in that conference.

  46. Bucs53 Says:

    meh. The kid got worked in college by tall receivers and a few mediocre QBs. I’m not excited by this pick at all.

    But, unlike so many of the James-haters from last draft, I will cheer him happily, and hopefully he will have an excellent career for us!!

    Welcome to the Bucs!

  47. Dick Butkiss Says:

    Couldn’t have said it better Buc53. I’m with you. Supporting the kid no matter what. Bucs for life. In Licht I trust.

  48. Couch Fan Says:

    Its easy to see that some of you are talking out of the wrong hole and havent seen the kid play much. Others are cherry picking plays and trying to say its indicative to his whole college career which is absolute BS. This kid has been an absolute stud at UF and a lockdown corner. He dominated most of the time. Nobody dominates all the time. The list of receivers he’s shut down is ridiculous. Just watch. Most of these fools will love him in time.

  49. Tiny Tim Says:

    Congrats to the bucs for picking the BPA regardless of the position and not listening to the joebucsfans of the world and reaching for a DE you can draft later in the draft. One thing is for sure, you will not be able to draft a CB of this caliber later in the draft.

    And some of you are hillarious. We have someone talking about how Moss did Barber. Newsflash, Moss did that to EVERYBODY!!!! My question to people like you is how many times did Barber prove his worth? You are making an argument based off of a freak of nature/first ballot like Moss as a reason not to pick VH3? Last i checked there is no Moss in the nfl but a lot 5’10 playmakers. Some of you are hillarious.

  50. Tiny Tim Says:

    Btw………Im a nole. Welcome VH3.

  51. Buc1987 Says:

    He’s a Buc. End of story.

  52. LordCornelius Says:

    I like this pick a lot.

    I defended VHIII after studying some tape and reading scouting reports as a pick I’m fine with at #9 so to get an extra 4th and still get him is great. Any DE and especially Leonard Floyd was a reach. This guy is a playmaker.

    Lmao at some of these comments. Randy Moss killed everyone in his prime. He’s Randy f*cking Moss.

    VHIII is the exact same height with the same 40 as Chris Harris Jr; a top 5 corner the last few years. He’s only 1 inch shorter than Revis lol.

  53. Buc1987 Says:

    Just want to be excited about the pick and not have to say to myself we’ll see.

  54. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Please go check facts and see how Randy Moss did against us

    DUH! Please go check the facts and see how Randy Moss did against EVERYBODY! He’s arguably the greatest receiver to ever play the game!!!

    The guy who does hold that title..Jerry Rice..frequently beat Deion Sanders.

    Somebody provided a link a couple of weeks ago that pointed out there is no longer any such thing as a “lockdown” corner. Revis in his prime was the closest in the modern game.

    It’s simply impossible to stop a great receiver if a competent NFL QB has time to complete the pass. Unless of course you want to double him continually and even then…

    Let’s use Julio Jones the benchmark in our division. Some of you are already whining that VHG won’t be able to cover him. Again…DUH..Jones has averaged close to 100 yards a game for a freaking five years!!! NOBODY locks him down…you can only hope to contain him somewhat.

    Let’s get more specific for the haters. Julio Jones put up 162 yards against us one game last year and then we played really great and held him to 93. That’s the best you can hope for against a star of that magnitude.

    Oh but let’s see how Josh Norman and that vaunted Panther defense shut down Julio…surely the great Norman could handle him…yep for one game..held him to a measley 88 yards 12+yard per catch avg…and the second game how did Josh and the stinkin’ Panthers do? Why Julio torched them for 178 yards and just under 20 yards per catch!

    No VHGIII nor Grimes nor ANYBODY is going to shutdown Julio Jones!!!

    Jeebus could you guys at least come up with some honest comparisons here instead of talking about players like Moss or Julio Jones…NOBODY locks these guys down…you only take your best shot and hope you put Matty Ice on his butt enough to offset Julio’s greatness.

  55. 813bucboi Says:

    @jmoney….that’s just like saying Winston will be an all pro superbowl winning qb but not with us….damn…there’s a lot of gator haters on here…get over it….the kid was the best pure cover cb in the draft….are we not bucs fans?…..root for the man and get on with it….GO BUCS!!!

  56. Buc1987 Says:

    I’m rooting for him. They better start to load up on the line though or I’m going to be very unhappy.

  57. Stanglassman Says:


    Thought Winston would be a bust and now thinks Ramsey will be a bust. That’s all we need to know to judge your opinion.

    For the record I really like VH3 and am happy with the pick. I may not have thought Cb was our biggest need but Jason licht did so I can’t argue with that.

  58. 813bucboi Says:

    @Dick…the ikd does not have trex arms…the sec is the best conference in the nation hands down….fsu and plenty of other teams stayed away from him and when they had the balls to test him he made a play(4ints)…are you even a bucs fan?….if you then root for the kid….you said it best, in licht you trust….he obviously knows a lot more football than you and can recognize a special talent….GO BUCS!!!

  59. 813bucboi Says:

    @ndog…randy is a HOFer…Barber is a HOFer…randy doesn’t have a ring…Baber has a ring….my point is even tho randy torched every cb he ever faced the game of football is a team sport…it takes a team to win…with vhg practicing vs evans and vjax and learning from grimes he will be well prepared for whoever he faces…GO BUCS!!!

  60. BigHogHaynes Says:

    The new coaching staff (minus coach scheme, minus friends and family) must have did their homework and decided corner-back is what we need with the cfirst pick, I’m not mad at the pick, I thought we had good enough talent at the corner spot and the new all mighty, brainy, coaching staff would some how breath life into our current corners! It would not surprise me if we took another corner in this draft! Go BUCS!!

  61. Skyline Crew Says:

    I didn’t say Winston would be a bust based off his play. I said he would be a bust because of partying or doing something stupid. He has proven me wrong, I’m fine with that. But Ramsey doesn’t impress me with his play. He is a mediocre Safety. VH3 is the better pick.

  62. Dick Butkiss Says:

    813bucBoi, stop living in the past and wake up, the SEC is NOT the best conference “hands down”. This is just rhetoric everyone in the south is accustomed to.

  63. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I actually said in past JBF comments I may like VH3 over Ramsey because VH3 is a sure-fire CB that can play zone-man while Ramsey is more of a positional ? with a bunch of athleticism pumping his stock up. I don’t think it’s that crazy.

  64. Pat Says:

    Front office is looking and planning ahead with this pick. They may have even mocked future drafts along with upcoming free agents on the horizon. This was well planned out. Instead of thinking that stone will turn into bread, if you really wish real hard. Bravo. GO BUCS!

  65. 813bucboi Says:

    @dick…no one is living in the past…in the past 10 years how many teams have won the natty that wasn’t an sec team….the sec puts the most players in the league year in and year out hands down…the sec is the best conference hands down….what conference is better?…pac12? big 12? acc?…nawl…I rest my case….STOP BEING SALTY…GO BUCS!!!

  66. martinii Says:

    He wasn’t a “Lock Down” corner at Florida so why would I think he will be one in the NFL. Even Revis and Deon Sanders had to earn the moniker. He was (at times) good but he has a long way to go to “Lock Down.”

  67. Dick Butkiss Says:

    LOL @813 by SEC you mean Bama. I believe the ACC has had as many, if not more, players drafted as well. The QB play in the SEC is the worst it’s ever been. Who was the last SEC QB to be taken in the first round?

  68. 813bucboi Says:

    @dick…I believe my school won 2 nattys(uf)…so did lsu with saban…bama won a few…I believe Stafford the last one but that’s besides that fact….defense dominates in the sec…the acc cant sniff the amount and quality of players the sec puts into the league….you know nothing making comments like that…stop wasting my time salty old man….GO BUCS!!!

  69. 813bucboi Says:


  70. 813bucboi Says:

    and auburn won a natty…damn…that’s 1..2..3..4..teams from the sec that won a natty…2 teams won more than 1….acc could never have that type of run on nattys…GO BUCS!!!

  71. DaRealistBucFan Says:

    Yea right ill believe it when I see it. Gator players are notorious for being Bucs. The only successful one I can think of was Emmit. Every Gator we’ve ever drafted was a bust. Gator players make poor pros and this scrub won’t be any different . all you idiots thinking this guy is gonna ball were also probably the same people wanting us to draft Johnny Manziel.😅

  72. » Blog Archive » “Press-Man. End Of Discussion.” - Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News Says:

    […] Yes, the new 20-year-old Gators cornerback can talk the talk. Last night, he told Bucs fans to expect “a lockdown, play-making corner.” […]

  73. DaRealistBucFan Says:

    Notorious for being busts*

  74. 813bucboi Says:

    @darealist….same with fsu players besides brooks…hopefully jameis ends the jimbo fisher qb curse…every qb jimbo coached flopped in the nfl…ponder manuel..the list goes on and on…STOP BEING SALTY OLD MAN…VHG IS A BUCS…DEAL WITH IT OR ROOT FOR THE PANTHERS…GO BUCS!!!