Prospect Profile: Greg Hardy's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber profiles the top prospects eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft. Learn about Ole Miss defensive end Greg Hardy inside.

Greg Hardy
School: Ole Miss
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6-4
Weight: 279
Projected 40-Time: 4.65

Star Rating: Grade: 80
Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:

85-100 = 1st - 2nd Round
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th Round
_55-69 = 5th - 6th Round
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA

Hardy has everything NFL teams want in a DE, but he comes with plenty of character concerns.
Ole Miss Athletics

Strengths: Hardy is a gifted athlete who has the ability to dominate the opposition and take over a game. He has prototypical size and strength for the position. He's quick off the snap, plays with leverage, uses his hands well to fight off the opposition and explodes towards the quarterback off the edge. He plays with finesse and strength and does a good job of switching up his approach. He has good balance and leg drive, not to mention he's fluid and can alter the direction of the ballcarrier. He's a rangy defender who breaks down well in space and closes quickly to make a play. He uses his long reach and solid positioning to his advantage when tackling the opposition. He has game changing ability and could develop into one of the NFL's elite pass rushers.

Weaknesses: He plays with an inconsistent motor and tends to get his sacks in bunches. He has to improve his work ethic, lacks motivation and doesn't give maximum effort down after down. He's been injury-prone during his career; injuries to his foot and wrist required surgery. His character has been questioned.

Steuber Says: A four-year starter at Ole Miss, Hardy, while being injury-prone during his career, showed toughness and played in 40 of a possible 50 games for the Rebels. He was a two-sport star at Ole Miss early in his career, but decided to concentrate on football after his freshman year. At 6-foot-4, 279 pounds, Hardy has the ability to be a dominant force at the next level and could impact a game with his knack for recording sacks. The last two years, Hardy's production dropped after his breakout sophomore campaign in 2007; as a sophomore, Hardy had 10 sacks, in 2008, he had 8.5 and this past season, he had just five. The interview process and medical evaluations are going to be huge for Hardy this offseason. He will have to come off as genuine during interviews and given medical clearance to have a chance at being a high round selection. Hardy has first round talent, but the questionable intangibles that he possesses will affect his draft positioning.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the network and on If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at: You can also now follow Chris Steuber on Twitter.

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