TAMPA, Fla. (FNN Sports)
Dirk Koetter and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were looking to make a splash on the defensive side of the football in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Little did they expect that one of the best defensive backs would still be available when they came on the clock. It was a drama-filled first round, but the drama worked out perfectly for the Buccaneers.
Vernon Hargreaves III ended up being the Buccaneers’ pick, and it was a massive upgrade for their defense.
Notes and quotes:
“We were confident that he was there. We did a lot of research. There is a gamble, there’s always a gamble. But there was a guy that I worked with, Bruce Arians always said, ‘No risk it, no biscuit.’ Sometimes you’ve got to be bold and sometimes it works out.”
“His instincts, his football intelligence, his quickness, his ball skills.”
“Yeah, he was the guy that we wanted there.”
Head Coach Dirk Koetter:
“Depending on how the draft was going to fall tonight and then we had an order that we liked the guys and so if the draft would’ve gone a different way in front of us then our pick might have been different, but we don’t control that. We’re going to take the best guy that we have at the pick we have and we were able to take the best guy we had at nine and still get him at 11, but if the draft would’ve gone another way early it could have ended up another way.”
Tampa Bay is without question a legitimate team to keep an eye on. They may not end up making the postseason in 2016, but they aren’t going to be a pushover team anymore.
By Mike Dixon | Follow Mike on Twitter @FinsMike