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Vernon Hargreaves would love to be a Buccaneer, but measures small

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Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been repeatedly linked to two players: defensive end Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence, and Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. In fact, he even said that he would love to play for the Bucs, according to JoeBucsFan.

One problem: he's measured in small at the NFL scouting combine. He measured in at 5'10 4/8" and 204 lbs., a little bigger than the 5'10 3/8" and 190 lbs. of Mackensie Alexander. Those are less than ideal sizes for top ten cornerbacks: no cornerback has been picked at 5'10" or smaller in the top ten since at least 2000, with Leodis McKelvin as the 11th overall pick in 2008 coming closest. Height isn't an automatic disqualifier, but Hargreaves is also expected to run relatively slowly in the 40-yard dash, which would further eliminate him from the conversation.

That's especially true given the fact that Hargreaves' tape isn't quite dominant. It's good, to be sure, and he looks like he'll be a solid NFL cornerback. But that is not what NFL teams are looking to find in the top ten of any draft.