Vernon Hargreaves’ 40-Yard Dash Time Ranks Among Elite NFL Corners

    Vernon Hargreaves' 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine ranks among the NFL's elite cornerbacks.

    February 29, 2016

    Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III laced up the shoes and took his turn at the 40-yard dash on Monday.

    Widely considered the best pure cornerback prospect in the draft, Hargreaves clocked unofficial times of 4.41 and 4.43 in his first two runs. His official 40-yard dash time came in at 4.50 seconds. 

    When you stack Hargreaves up against some of the NFL’s top cornerbacks, he ranks pretty well. Richard Sherman ran a 4.56 40-yard dash in 2011. Josh Norman was clocked at a 4.66 in 2012. And of course, Patrick Peterson up a 4.34 to top the group.

    Sherman is making just less than $15 million per year while Peterson gets about $13 million per year, and Norman is about to get a big pay increase after the season he put up. So, you could argue Hargreaves may be next in line as one of the NFL’s highest paid corners.

    Hargreaves has the hip movement and footwork to be a lockdown corner at the next level, and while the speed he flashed in the 40-yard dash isn’t supernatural, it shouldn’t drop him out of the top-10 picks in the 2016 NFL Draft.

    His ballhawking ability has NFL general managers in need of secondary help drooling. Hargreaves recorded 10 career interceptions while at Florida, and he consistently played on an island, matched up against opposing teams’ top wideouts. 

    Current projections show Hargreaves and Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey as the top two defensive backs in the NFL Draft. But Ramsey is expected to convert to safety while Hargreaves is a true corner.

    MORE: Projecting Draft Stock For Florida Gators


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