2017 NFL Draft

Brandon Hardin, FS

School: Oregon State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 217 lbs.
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04/29/2012 - The Bears will play third-round pick Brandon Hardin at strong safety, which will necessitate a position switch from cornerback, but they believe his physical traits project well to the new spot. "It's concerning that we're moving him into a projection area," Emery said. "(But it's) not a concern because of his physical nature, his toughness. He will strike you. He's not afraid of contact. "Sometimes you worry a little bit about that with corners. They're kind of skill/finesse guys. What kind of tackler will they be if you move them to safety? I have no worry about this guy. He will come down in the box and strike people." - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 3/79 - Brandon Hardin, S, 6-3, 220, Oregon State...Missed the 2011 season with a fractured shoulder that required season-ending surgery, although he returned to play in the East-West Shrine Game. Has been cleared medically by the Bears. Started 12 games at cornerback as a junior in 2010, but the Bears will play him at strong safety. High marks for physical, aggressive tackling. COULD SURPRISE: Safety Brandon Hardin. At 6-3 and 220 pounds, he had the athleticism to play cornerback at Oregon State, but he projects to strong safety and has the toughness, size and tackling ability to thrive there. Had he not missed the entire 2011 season with a fractured shoulder, Hardin would have been a much hotter prospect, and the Bears are assured that he is 100 percent healthy. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - COULD SURPRISE: Safety Brandon Hardin. At 6-3 and 220 pounds, he had the athleticism to play cornerback at Oregon State, but he projects to strong safety and has the toughness, size and tackling ability to thrive there. Had he not missed the entire 2011 season with a fractured shoulder, Hardin would have been a much hotter prospect, and the Bears are assured that he is 100 percent healthy. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - DB Brandon Hardin, Oregon State -- A physical cornerback with the skill set of a safety. Hardin is too slow to be have a major impact in the deep middle but if he can overcome a long injury history, might become a valuable cornerback.

04/26/2012 - The NFL draft will be Thursday-Saturday, and the only most-likely pick from the Oregon State football team this year is DB Brandon Hardin. WR James Rodgers is listed on various draft sites as pretty low, so he's probably a free agent pickup. His knee injury slowed him down and has scouts worried how he'll hold up. The rest of the crew such as LB Cameron Collins, DB Lance Mitchell, OT Mike Remmers, TE Joe Halahuni and P Johnny Hekker could go as free agents. Hardin, however, could go as high as the fourth or fifth round. He visited 12 NFL teams: Chargers, Texans, Dolphins, Ravens, Bears, Packers, Seahawks, Chiefs, Buccaneers, Giants, Raiders and Patriots. Various draft sites have him as a safety and considered him one of the top 100 overall draft-eligible players this year. - Cliff Kirkpatrick, Mid-Valley Newspapers

04/12/2012 - The Chicago Bears brought in Oregon State defensive back Brandon Hardin for a pre-draft visit. A league source confirmed the team's interest in Hardin, who is an interesting prospect despite missing last season because of surgery on his left shoulder. Hardin projects to be selected in the mid- to late rounds and he's been getting a lot of interest, as Aaron Wilson of Scout.com reports he has 15 visits lined up. Hardin, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, played cornerback in college with Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea. Some are considering him a safety at the next level. He participated in the East-West Shrine Game. Hardin was timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds at his pro day and put up 24 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds. Per Wilson, he's also had visits with the Chargers, Dolphins, Ravens, Seahawks and Texans, among other teams. The Bears likely brought Hardin in to get a better handle on where he is medically. Earlier in his college career, he had a broken hand and wrist. - Brad Biggs, The Chicago Tribune

04/12/2012 - Oregon State safety-cornerback Brandon Hardin has visited the Ravens, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and the Chicago Bears. He has several more upcoming visits. Hardin is currently projected as a third-round or fourth-round draft target by draft analysts. The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder played in the East-West Shrine all-star game in January. Hardin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 and 4.40 seconds at his campus Pro Day workout, bench pressing 225 pounds 24 times. That's three more reps than he was doing before a shoulder injury. He also posted a 35 1/2 inch vertical leap and a 10-4 broad jump. Hardin has played cornerback in the past, but likely projects to safety in the NFL. Besides the shoulder injury, Hardin had a broken hand and a sprained wrist four years ago. As a junior, Hardin had 63 tackles, 12 more on special teams, blocked an extra point and forced three fumbles. As a sophomore, he had 11 special-teams tackles and intercepted a pass against Arizona State. --The Sports Xchange

03/17/2012 - Pro day at Oregon State turned into redemption time for Brandon Hardin and James Rodgers. The former OSU football players headlined the annual workout with eight others before 20 NFL scouts on Friday. Both Rodgers and Hardin were highly regarded prospects, but had to overcome severe injuries late in their college careers. This was their time to show that they can still perform at a high level, and they felt like they accomplished those goals. "The scouts said it went well," Hardin said. "I blew it up with the times. They were impressed. I missed all last season and didn't get an (NFL Scouting) Combine invite. This was my chance to turn some heads that I deserved to be in the combine." Hardin, a defensive back, lost his senior year due to a left shoulder injury suffered in practice. Before the injury, he was considered as high as a third- or fourth-round draft pick, but slipped into the sixth or seventh realm after the injury. Shoulder surgery repaired the damage, and he sat out his senior season to recover and train. Hardin played in the East-West Shrine Game in January to prove he could still play. "What I've been told, I have the potential to move myself up (in the draft)," Hardin said. "I just need my foot in the door and I'll impress them." Pro day was important to have a 40-yard dash time recorded and bench press as much as possible to prove the shoulder has healed. Hardin ran 4.40 and 4.36 seconds in the 40 and benched 225 pounds 24 times. Before the injury he benched that weight 21 times. "I showed I have speed and strength and versatility," Hardin said. "(The scouts) knew I was fast, but this was the first time I had a really solid time (recorded). And I proved the shoulder is healthy with the bench." - Oregon State football

03/16/2012 - Entering the 2011 season Brandon Hardin was viewed by scouts as one of the more intriguing defensive back prospects on the west coast. A broken shoulder suffered during fall camp, however, ended his senior season before it began. The 6-3, 216 pounder had started at cornerback as a junior and some view him as a potential safety convert. Despite the interest, he wasn't invited to the Combine. Hardin showed scouts from roughly half of the league's teams at the Oregon State Pro Daythat perhaps he should have been. Weighing in at 219 pounds Friday, Hardin was clocked at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to a source on the scene. Hardin also registered a 35.5" vertical jump and a 10'4" broad jump. He also lifted the bar 24 during the bench press drill. Hardin worked his way up the depth chart with the Beavers, emerging as a starting cornerback for the team in 2010. He was expected to start at corner again in 2011 and coaches thought he'd contend for all-conferences honors at the position. The injury robbed him of that opportunity, though he was healthy enough to compete at the East-West Shrine Game. Ironically enough, injuries to others there forced the coaching staff to ask Hardin to make the switch to safety. Some scouts believe safety is the position that offers Hardin his greatest chance at success in the NFL. As such, that's where NFLDraftScout.com projects him as a draftable commodity. Hardin struggled with injuries a bit while at Oregon State. Other than the shoulder injury, which required surgery, Hardin played through a broken hand and sprained wrist (other arm) in 2008. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/12/2012 - Former Oregon State cornerback Brandon Hardin accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game, a postseason all-star game that showcases seniors for NFL scouts. The game will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 21. Hardin is the first OSU player this season announced to play in an all-star game. He is a 6-foot-2, 216-pounder from Honolulu who missed his senior season due to a training camp shoulder injury that required surgery. "It's a great opportunity and a blessing to play at least one game in my senior year," Hardin said. "I just want to make Oregon State proud." Hardin was recently cleared by his doctor for working out with his upper body, and he will be able to hit for the week of practice leading up to the Shrine Game. "I still have to catch up," Hardin said. "My shoulder feels fine, but I'm just a little weaker than I like." - Cliff Kirkpatrick, The Corvallis Gazette-Times

08/26/2011 - Cornerback Brandon Hardin had shoulder surgery Thursday. "Everything seemed to go well," Riley said. "We don't have any determination to how long it will be. We have to be prepared that he will miss the season." - Gary Horowitz, Statesman Journal

08/25/2011 - Hardin will have surgery Thursday for a broken bone in his left shoulder and depending on what the doctors find, he could be out six weeks, or out for the rest of the season. "I hate it,'' said Riley. These are big, strong, athletes who foster a tough guy personna but they aren't above wiping their eyes when one of the most respected members of the team goes down. "He told us about the injury in our cornerbacks meeting after practice,'' said sophomore Rashaad Reynolds, Hardin's understudy. That's not all Hardin had to say. "He told us he had faith in us, and that he was still going to be here, no matter what, helping any way he can if we have questions'' said Reynolds. "It's definitely bittersweet. My heart goes out to to him because he's one of the hardest workers in the program and he's dedicated his life to football. He loves it. But at the same time, we've got to step up.'' Position coach Keith Heyward heard the conversation between Hardin and defensive coordinator Mark Banker on the day Hardin got the MRI results that turned his senior year upside-down. "It took everything inside of me to not be emotional for him. It was tough, I'm not going to lie,'' said Heyward. "I got teary-eyed because I know everything he's put into this.'' - Paul Buker, The Oregonian

08/20/2011 - Oregon State senior cornerback Brandon Hardin has a fractured bone in his left shoulder that will require surgery and he is out indefinitely. Hardin, a returning starter, said he sustained the injury in practice Saturday evening and received the results of an MRI on Thursday. He is expected to have surgery Monday. "I'm trying to be optimistic through it all," Hardin said after Friday's morning practice. "The doctor said that once he gets in there he will know more. "Hopefully, I will be back somewhere. I'm shooting for game four (Oct. 1 at Arizona State). That's the optimistic side of it." There is a chance that Hardin could be done for the season, which would end his collegiate career. Hardin has already used a redshirt year. --Statesmen Journal


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