Buccaneers sign first-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves III

- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has signed cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, the team’s first-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Hargreaves III (5-10, 204) was chosen 11th overall out of the University of Florida, where he started 35-of-37 career games, totaling 121 tackles, three tackles for loss, 28 passes defensed, nine interceptions (returned 191 yards), two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

He was named a unanimous All-American after his junior season, while earning first-team All-SEC all three seasons he played, including unanimous selections following both his junior and sophomore campaigns.

The Tampa native was one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award in 2015, given annually to the best defensive back in college football, and was a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award in both 2014 and 2015, presented annually to the best defensive player in the country. He will wear No. 28 for Tampa Bay.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also announced today that the team has signed linebacker Devante Bond, the first of the team’s two sixth-round selections in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Bond (6-1, 235) was chosen 183rd overall out of the University of Oklahoma, where he played two seasons (2015-15), appearing in 21 games, with eight starts, notching 72 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, to go along with two blocked kicks.

Prior to his time at Oklahoma, the Sacramento, California native played at Sierra Community College for two seasons, tallying 77 tackles, 27.0 tackles for loss, four passes defensed and three fumble recoveries. Bond will wear No. 59 for Tampa Bay.

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