Vernon Hargreaves III signs rookie contract with Buccaneers

Vernon Hargreaves III swings his hips around to break for a ball.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – First-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves III was on the practice field Friday, hours after a signing a four-year, $14.2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The former Florida cornerback was the 11th overall selection last week. He’s slotted for an $8.5 million signing bonus and is expected to be an immediate starter in a defense that allowed opponents to complete 70 percent of passes and throw for 31 touchdowns last season.

The Bucs also signed sixth-round linebacker Devante Bond on the first day of the team’s weekend rookie minicamp. Fourth-round cornerback Ryan Smith and fifth-round offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch agreed to deals Thursday.

That leaves Tampa Bay with three unsigned draft picks: second-round selections Noah Spence and Roberto Aguayo, plus sixth-round tight end/fullback Danny Vitale.

BUCCANEERS ANNOUNCE ROOKIE MINI-CAMP ROSTER

Below is the list of 51 players that are expected to participate in the Buccaneers’ Rookie Mini-Camp this weekend, with players drafted listed in bold:

No. Name Pos.   College Status
1 Cason Beatty P Florida State Tryout
2 Steven Bench QB USF Tryout
10 Phillip Ely QB Toledo Tryout
15 Bernard Reedy WR Toledo FA-’16
16 Dez Stewart WR Ohio Dominican FA-’16
17 Andre Davis WR USF Tryout
19 Roberto Aguayo K Florida State D2b-’16
24 Marqus Baker CB Buffalo Tryout
25 Stanley Absanon CB Eastern Kentucky Tryout
28 Vernon Hargreaves III CB   Florida D1-’16
29 Ryan Smith DB North Carolina Central D4-’16
32 Joel Ross CB Appalachian State FA-’15
33 Tim Brown TE West Chester FA-’16
35 Traveon Henry S Northwestern FA-’16
39 Isaiah Johnson S South Carolina FA-’16
41 Elijah Shumate S Notre Dame FA-’16
43 Peyton Barber RB Auburn FA-’16
44 Russell Hansbrough RB Missouri FA-’16
45 Alan Cross TE Memphis FA-’16
46 Kivon Cartwright TE Colorado State FA-’16
46 Tyson Coleman LB Oregon FA-’16
48 Justin Shirk TE Bloomsburg Tryout
49 Cassanova McKinzy LB Auburn FA-’16
50 Luke Rhodes LB William & Mary FA-’16
51 Dax Dellenbach LS Florida State Tryout
52 Micah Awe LB Texas Tech Tryout
56 Zach Shaw LB Indiana Tryout
57 Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky D2a-’16
58 Mike Kozlakowski LB Maine Tryout
59 Devante Bond LB   Oklahoma D6a-’16
60 Dominique Robertson G West Georgia FA-’16
61 Joel Hale C Ohio State Tryout
62 Rob Trudo G Syracuse Tryout
65 Taylor Fallin T Memphis FA-’16
66 Leonard Wester T Missouri Western FA-’16
71 Channing Ward DE Mississippi FA-’16
72 Thor Jozwiak G USF Tryout
73 Brynjar Gudmunsson C USF Tryout
74 Dave Bowen T Boston College Tryout
75 DaVonte Lambert DT Auburn FA-’16
76 Kelby Johnson T Louisville Tryout
77 Caleb Benenoch OL UCLA D5-’16
79 Jontavius Morris DT Western Kentucky FA-’16
80 Roman Namdar WR Mount Union Tryout
81 Tevin Westbrook TE Florida FA-’15
82 Mike Thomas WR Arizona Tryout
86 Danny Vitale TE Northwestern D6b-’16
94 Darryl Paulo DE Washington State Tryout
95 Martavius Foster DE Colorado State Tryout
97 Travis Britz DT Kansas State Tryout
98 Pio Vatuvei DT Louisville Tryout

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