Pro Football Writers Association recently released their All-Conference and All NFL teams on Monday, Tampa was snubbed on those lists. Not even Mike Evans made it to the list for his performance during the 2016 season. However, one Buc had made a PWFA list and that was the 2016 PWFA All-Rookie Team and that player was non-other than 11th overall pick Vernon Hargreaves III. The All-Rookie team list looks like this:
Hargreaves was a bit of a question mark for a lot of fans due in part to his height, however, he proved that size does not matter, as he quickly moved up in the depth chart, from third string to the second and ultimately taking on the role of starter when the season began. Hargreaves played like a rookie, which was to be expected, but much to the delight of the Buccaneers and fans, he showed plenty of promise and played beyond what anyone could expect from a rookie cornerback.
Playing in all 16 games last season, Hargreaves, recorded a combined 76 tackles, 68 of them solo, 9 passes defended, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. Although at times he did look like a certified rookie, other times he looked like a certified veteran. If Hargreaves showed us anything during the 2016 season, it was that he was the right pick and is more than capable of having a bright, and productive career with the Buccaneers.