Brandon Hardin rising, visits 6 NFL teams

GRADUATING OREGON STATE defensive back Brandon Hardin is in the midst of 15 NFL team visits and is regarded as a rising draft prospect after being sidelined last season due to undergoing surgery on his left shoulder.

Brandon Hardin has visited the Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers and the Chicago Bears, according to a league source.

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 the 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.

Hardin was an all-state selection growing up in Hawaii who won a gold medal in the 100 meters at the track and field championships.

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