INDIANAPOLIS — If we’re looking strictly at basic statistics, the box scores will tell you that Vernon Hargreaves, a potential top 10 pick in this year’s NFL draft, wasn’t the best cornerback on Florida’s team this past season. It was Jalen Tabor.
Hargreaves, who was named a consensus All-American last season, concedes that the guy who lined up on the other side of the field from him had a better season than he did.
“He probably did,” Hargreaves told SEC Country when asked if he thought Tabor outplayed him in 2015. “He is the best corner in college football right now, without a doubt, no question and no debates.”
Tabor finished the 2015 season with 40 tackles, 14 pass deflections, four interceptions and two touchdowns, while Hargreaves finished the season with 33 tackles, four interceptions, four pass deflections and one forced fumble.
The relationship between the two Gators cornerbacks is strong, and Hargreaves thinks his former teammate has a chance to better than he ever was.
“Absolutely. His talent level is through the roof,” Hargreaves said. “He can be as good as he wants to be. I’ve told him everything I have known. He listens. He understands the game. His personality, if you get to know him, you’ll understand why he will be the best.”
Now that Hargreaves has moved on from Florida, there’s an obvious void at the cornerback position. But don’t expect there to be much competition to fill his spot. Hargreaves could not be more sure about who he thinks will start opposite Tabor.
“It’s going to be Quincy (Wilson) and Jalen (Tabor) at corner. I can go ahead and tell you that,” Hargreaves said.