Florida’s defense is loaded with future NFL first-round picks

Vernon Hargreaves III is one of many studs on Florida's defense.

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In the past three years, the Florida Gators have produced four first-round picks on defense (Sharrif Floyd, Matt Elam, Dominique Easley and Dante Fowler).

UF figures to have a few more coming soon, starting with All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III.

Hargreaves headlines what will be a loaded Gator secondary that also includes other talented corners such as Jalen Tabor and Brian Poole, but a name to remember is sophomore Quincy Wilson, who started two games in 2014 and had 22 tackles, three passes broken up and an INT.

"He reminds me of a Brandon Browner-type of corner or an Antonio Cromartie-type of corner — one of those big, lanky cornerbacks," Hargreaves said. "That’s his game, how he plays. He plays big and physical. I want y’all to see him on Saturdays this fall. It’s remarkable (how much better) he’s gotten this offseason. Him and also Jalen Tabor, they’ve really grown and matured. They’re ready to play. They understand."

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Wilson was the guy Gator wideout Brandon Powell mentioned when asked who was the UF player who he felt was most primed to surprise people this season.

"He’s such a big cornerback, but he can run," Powell said. "He can run like Vernon, and he’s just so physical. All he wants to do is get up on the line and press you. He plays the nickel and we go against each other every 7-on-7, and it’s a tough battle."

Bruce Feldman is a senior college football reporter and columnist for FOXSports.com and FOX Sports 1. He is also a New York Times Bestselling author. His new book, The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks, came out in October, 2014. Follow him on Twitter @BruceFeldmanCFB and get all of his content on Facebook.

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