4A) Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
I’ve seen mixed reviews on Hargreaves, but I’m thoroughly convinced that he would be tremendous in Philadelphia. Hargreaves might not be a corner of Patrick Peterson or Jalen Ramsey’s pedigree, but he’d fit extremely well in a Jim Schwartz defense. He’s physical and hyper athletic with fluid hips and excellent footwork, but it’s his aggressiveness that really defines the type of player he is. For a corner who lacks height and length, Hargreaves is an assertive physical presence. He hits hard, makes plays in the run-game, and pops receivers at the line in press. Turn on the tape and you routinely see Hargreaves pushing around receivers at the LOS. He simply has a mentality that cannot be taught.
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Hargreaves also has insane playmaking ability. These aren’t “right time, right place” type plays; these are acrobatic, instinctual, contortionist-type efforts. Heady and versatile enough to play inside and out, Hargreaves is the player that I think the Eagles ultimately select at 8. Now, Hargreaves is not a perfect player to be sure, but he’s the right player for the Eagles, and that’s all that matters. He’s had instances of being burned by top-talent, but I think even those occurrences have been overblown. It’s not as though Hargreaves was toasted repeatedly ala Bradley Fletcher; more so a case of getting edged out on contested passes in most instances. Make no mistake, questions regarding deep speed aside, Vernon Hargreaves is an enticing option at 8 for the Eagles.
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