Is a balanced wideout who does a nice job selling his routes with the shoulder/head fakes, planting his foot in the ground without wasting much motion and acting to the post/corner. Uses his big frame to box out receivers, but too often lets the ball get into his frame. Will short arm throws at times in traffic and doesn't strike me as a potential big-time jump ball threat.
Works hard after the catch, but runs upright and isn't real shifty. Gives opposing defenders a lot of area to get their arms around him and isn't going to make many miss. Has decent speed once he gets going, but is more of a straight-line guy. Missed the final two months of the season because of a broken arm and still led the team in catches.
Impression: Isn't the type of tight end prospect who will block for you consistently, but has some speed and natural body control as a route runner to get a shot in a camp as a potential free agent tight end/H-back."
Positive: Solid receiving tight end who is best in motion. Breaks down well, plays with leverage, and easily moves about the field. Makes the reception in stride, adjusts to the errant throw, and extends to catch the ball away from his frame. Displays good eye/hand coordination and makes a lot of athletic receptions. Has great quickness. Makes the tough catch in a crowd. Gets to the second level quickly. Solid position blocker who seals linebackers from the action.
Negative: Lacks natural bulk and strength at the point and gets marginal results as a blocker. Is not a true downfield threat.
Analysis: Hardy has displayed progress and ability the past two seasons and offers potential as a second tight end in the NFL."
Strengths: Good receiving skills with great hands. Runs solid routes and able to make the tough catch. Good-sized frame (but needs more weight).
Weaknesses: Needs to improve in run blocking; lacks elite speed as a receiver. Must answer injury questions to show he is ready to play.
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