2016 NFL Mock Draft: 1st Edition

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Jan 3, 2015; Birmingham, AL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (1) makes a game saving interception against the East Carolina Pirates during the second half for the 2015 Birmingham Bowl at Legion Field. The Florida Gators defeated the East Carolina Pirates 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

7. Oakland Raiders- Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

When the Oakland Raiders decided to make D.J. Hayden the 12th pick in the 2013 draft it was a bit of a surprise. His injury history and lack of polish made this a really risky selection. So far, Hayden has failed to meet expectations and is heading into a make-or-break season.

Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III is the premier cornerback in the 2016 draft. He’s a fluid athlete who has great instincts and feel for the position. Hargreaves has the potential to develop into a true shut-down corner.

Adding a top-level talent to the back end of the defense could be one of the last pieces needed to make Oakland’s defense elite.

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