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2015 NFL DRAFT

Brandon Hardin, FS

School: Oregon State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 217 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
9923-4
Career Notes
Brandon's promising career at cornerback was cut short at Oregon State midway through fall camp 2011 by a broken shoulder requiring season-ending surgery ... he was expected to start at cornerback for the Beavers in 2011 but still finished his career with 15 starts including all 12 games in 2010 ... despite the injury, he was able to return to play in the East-West Shrine Game following his senior season ... registered 63 tackles in 2010, the fourth-most on the team ... tied for the team lead with 12 special teams tackles as a junior and led the team outright with 11 as a sophomore in 2009 ... set career-high with 11 tackles in OSU's win over No. 20 USC in 2010 ... blocked an extra point and forced a fumble on special teams all in the first quarter of the 2010 Civil War vs. Oregon ... forced three fumbles in 2010 ... played in a three-player rotation at cornerback in 2009 making three starts ... recorded one interception in his career with it coming in his first start at Arizona State in 2009 ... struggled with injuries throughout his career at OSU, playing most of 2008 with a broken hand and a sprained wrist on the other arm ... two-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection ... graduated with a degree in business administration in June.
2011 Season
Suffered a season-ending broken shoulder in fall camp and underwent surgery.
2010 Season
Stared all 12 games ... 63 tackles for the season, the fourth-most on the team ... co-led the team (Rashaad Reynolds) with 12 special team tackles ... career-high 11 tackles in the win over No. 20 USC ... blocked an extra point and forced a fumble all in the first quarter vs. Oregon ... 15 tackles through the first two games ... three forced fumbles for the season, second-highest on the team to Stephen Paea's four ... Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team.
2009 Season
Brandon rotated into the game on a regular basis and played nearly as much as the starters ... three starts ... made first career interception and start in the same game at Arizona State ... season-high six tackles at California ... led the team with 11 special teams tackles ... offseason surgery on his wrist ... Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention.
2008 Season
Played a majority of the season with cast on his broken hand and a sprained wrist on the other arm ... 13 tackles for the season, including three vs. California.
High School
KAMEHAMEHA: Two-year starter and three-year letterman playing for former OSU graduate assistant coach Kanani Souza...first team all-state as a senior and played in the Goodwill Game...second team all-state as a junior...three-year letterman in track as a jumper and sprinter...won five medals at the 2007 state tack meet, including gold in the 100 meters...won five medals in Saturday's track and field championships, including a gold in the 100-meter dash...helped the program win the 2005 state title in both football and track.
Injury Report
2008: Played the majority of the season with a cast on his broken hand a sprained wrist on his other arm. 2001: Suffered a season-ending broken shoulder during fall camp that required surgery.
Personal
Born in Kealakekua, Hawaii...son of Kevin Hardin and Christine Young...has two siblings...member of the National Honor Society and was on the school's academic honor roll numerous times...selected for the Hawai'i High School Hall of Honor for his achievements in the classroom, and in football and track...chose OSU because "it's a big school with a small-town feeling; I feel that I can flourish on and off the football field"...undecided major.
 
Latest News
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

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