Todd McShay loves himself some mock drafts. Today he put out the latest version of his 2016 NFL Mock draft, this time looking at two rounds. Round one for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: familiar face Vernon Hargreaves.
Hargreaves isn't a true speedster (4.50 40-yard dash at the combine), but he wins in coverage thanks to his exceptional quickness, fluidity and ball skills. Even though he's just 5-foot-10, Hargreaves' leaping ability (39-inch vertical jump) helped him snag 10 interceptions in college. The Bucs can never have too many cover guys playing in their division, and drafting Hargreaves would give them the best man-to-man corner in this class.
Hargreaves is a solid player with some physical limitations (size and long speed), but he's not the kind of guy who will be a real difference-maker. There's also the question of where he fits in this defense. With Brent Grimes and Josh Robinson newly signed and Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks already on the roster, you'd think the Bucs would be pretty full at the cornerback position -- but they do need some young talent for the long haul.
More interesting is where the Bucs go in round two after picking Hargreaves in the first round. McShay has them taking Kevin Dodd, the defensive end out of Clemson. That's a very good pick, if an unlikely one: Dodd is seen by some as better than his teammate Shaq Lawson. Seeing him fall all the way to number 39 would be a surprise -- but then, McShay has Noah Spence going at number 36. Pass-rushers aren't all that popular in his mind.
Whether the Bucs pick these specific players remains to be seen, but a combination of a defensive end and a defensive back in the first two rounds of the draft would make a lot of sense.