Brandon Hardin Scouting Report

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Brandon Hardin Scouting Report

Position: FS
Conference: Pac12
School: Oregon State Beavers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #17
Height & Weight: 6'3 - 216 lbs.
Draft Prediction: Fourth Round
Drafted 3.16 in 2012 by CHI

2012 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Brandon Hardin, FS, Oregon State

Despite missing all of the 2011 season, Brandon Hardin was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Hardin broke his shoulder during fall camp and was unable to return for his senior season. He did participate in the East-West Shrine Game, which is where he must have caught the attention of the Bears.

Hardin was supposed to play cornerback for the Beavers in 2011, but he has the size and strength to potentially play safety in the NFL. Chicago really struggled to find a pair of safeties to stick with in 2011 and given Hardin's coverage skills, he'll have a real shot to stick with Chicago.

Hardin excels with press coverage. He may lack playing experience, but in today's NFL he'll need to cover big, speedy receivers like Calvin Johnson and Greg Jennings over the top. Since he'll likely transition to safety, he can also cover the middle. He recently ran a sub 4.5 40-yard dash, which is very rare for a DB with his size. Could have excellent range for safety.

Last Updated Apr-28-2012 by Matt De Lima

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