TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay first-round draft pick Vernon Hargreaves III has a lasting memory of the first time he matched up against Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper.
Nothing the young cornerback saw on film before the two met in college two years ago prepared him for what would be one of the most humbling days he’s had on a football field.
“That’s the first time I played against somebody that was better than me, that I felt like was significantly better than me, and he knows that,” Hargreaves said, recalling Cooper catching 10 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns to pace Alabama’s 42-21 victory over Florida in 2014.
“For me, I was young. I was a sophomore, and at that point he was already…