November 7, 2009; Berkeley, CA, USA; Oregon State Beavers cornerback Brandon Hardin (17) during the first quarter against the California Golden Bears at Memorial Stadium. Oregon State defeated California 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

Brandon Hardin, Defensive Back, Oregon State 2012 NFL Draft Player Profile


Measurables

6’3″ 216 pounds

4.38 second 40 yard dash, 10’4″ broad jump, 35.5″ vertical jump, 24 bench press reps

**Coming off of shoulder injury (missed 2011 season)

Projected Round: 6th-7th

Scouting report:

Hardin is a really interesting prospect to me. He was supposed to be a starting cornerback for the Beavers going into the 2011 season, and according to reports, he was good enough that coaches felt he would contend for All-Pac 12 honors last year. Then, Hardin suffered a shoulder injury in fall camp that put him on the sideline for the rest of the season, and he didn’t play another down.

Obviously, this kid is a physical freak and has a ton of talent. NFL scouts think he is going to make a transition to the safety position, but another former Oregon State player named Brandon Browner (Seahawks) is a starting cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, and a pretty good one at that. He stands at 6’4″ 221 pounds.

The NFL hasn’t really seen this breed of defensive back  all that much. Receivers are certainly making the transition to being bigger, faster, and a lot stronger than cornerbacks, so it’s rare that NFL teams find a guy with size, speed, quickness, and good hips, but who knows: Hardin might be one of those gems.

This is a guy I will certainly be keeping my eye on come draft day. He’s got a ton of potential and athletic ability, so if he gets with the right coaching staff, he could be a very nice late-round addition for a team seeking a sleeper in the secondary.

Pros:….really good on special teams…size and athletic ability…a good open field tackler…good instincts…has a good feel for zone coverage…

Cons: a projection at safety, a little stiff in the hips for a cornerback….despite his size isn’t terrific in his technique for a press corner…


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  • tinley24

    @NFLMocks thanks for the link

  • tinley24

    @NFLMocks live mock is just finished on MTD. Go easy if you grade me this time. I took a different approach lol

  • NFLMocks

    @tinley24 I’ll be checking it out. I’ll probably grade them again. Did you get my invitation?

  • HawkCoug08

    @NFLMocks Jesse if you want any help grading the MTD live mock let me know.

  • HawkCoug08

    @NFLMocks Also, any new thoughts on what we’ll do during the draft?

  • NFLMocks

    @HawkCoug08 all right will do. What do you have planned for this week, anything?

  • NFLMocks

    @HawkCoug08 how come you didn’t do it this time?

  • NFLMocks

    @HawkCoug08 I have some ideas. Last year we held a live draft chat, not sure I’m going that way this year

  • NFLMocks

    @HawkCoug08 let me know if you have any ideas. I was just thinking Instant recap and grades for as many picks as I/we could do

  • HawkCoug08

    @NFLMocks I’m was gonna finish out the NFC West 7 rounders. But I’ll have time. Off work tomorrow.

  • HawkCoug08

    @NFLMocks I wanted to do it but couldn’t commit to the Friday time slot. The guy I handed it to kinda went nuts with it!

  • HawkCoug08

    @NFLMocks love the concept of instant analysis. I’ve arrange I so I’m free for all 7 rounds. Can’t wait!

  • tinley24

    @NFLMocks yeah. We must get a game going one of the days. I’m not great on 12 but was decent on 2010