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4 Beavs sign UFAC's; Hardin wins over Bears
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the staff of BF.C
Posted Apr 30, 2012
FOUR OSU BEAVERS have signed undrafted free agent contracts with NFL teams. Meanwhile, Brandon Hardin’s selection as a Chicago Bears third round draft choice continues to make waves.
It’s just not that often you see a player picked in the third round who lost his entire senior season to injury.
But the broken shoulder blade suffered by
in August of 2011 didn’t worry the Bears or other NFL teams.
Not when they saw what he did at the Beavs’ Pro Day -- where he ran a 4.43 in the 40 and posted a 35 ½ vertical, and at the Workout Warrior Pro Day, where he turned heads with his shuttle and 3-cone times.
"This is a big, fast, dynamic, physical athlete," Bears general manager Phil Emery was quoted as saying of Hardin in the
Chicago Sun Times.
And Hardin’s measurables, 6-3 and 222 pounds with both bigger than average wingspan and hands, are the kinds of things NFL teams covet in a safety.
Chicago plans on playing him at their strong safety position.
"We do like the fact he has corner skills, he has been a cornerback," Emery said. "The thing we have noticed is he is very good at using his size and ‘physical-ness’ and leveraging receivers. We see him helping us further is matching up against some of the tight ends we face."
has become something of a pipeline for the Bears -- Hardin is the fourth Oregon State player in the last five years to be drafted by Chicago.
The Bears drafted DT
in the second round last year. They took S Al Afalava in the sixth round in ’09. And they drafted LB Joey LaRocque in the seventh round in ’08.
Meanwhile, Oregon State at last check had four players who signed undrafted free agent contracts:
– Atlanta Falcons
– Denver Broncos
– Miami Dolphins
– St. Louis Rams
Bears sign rookie Brandon Hardin
May 15, 2012
BR Rookie Diary: Brandon Hardin
Jun 13, 2012
Hardin, Rodgers turn heads on Pro Day
Mar 17, 2012
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