Possesses a good first step off the snap, fires off the ball low in the pass game and does a nice job working his inside jab step in order to cleanly release off the line. Possesses good straight-line speed for the position. Has a surprising second gear for a guy his size and showcases the speed to get down the seam and run away from the linebacker on a crosser. Isn't the most natural of pluckers, lets a lot of balls into his body, but runs hard after the catch and will finish runs. Isn't the most savvy of pass catchers at this stage, hasn't caught a ton of footballs over the course of his career because of the scheme, and will need to be a better short-area route runner. However, he can sink his hips and generate a burst initially out of his breaks; will just need some time.
Impression: A good-looking athlete who is far from a finished product. Can run well for his size, get down the seam and has the potential to mature as a blocker and as a route runner. A nice late-round, developmental, all-around tight end prospect."
Oordt did not play every down even for Northern Iowa, only starting eight games over his first three seasons. His production increased over each of those years: 12-233-1 in 2007, 12-233-3 in 2008 and 18-358-5 in 2009 as a second-team All-Missouri Valley selection. He had his best season as senior, 24-405-5 with eight starts, but still only received honorable-mention all-conference.
The four-sport high school athlete often looks like a basketball player on the field, which limits his ability to be a blocker at the next level. His excellent speed and receiving abilities, however, would make him a matchup nightmare as a reserve at the next level. If Oordt is not drafted, teams using his sort of athleticism will be trying hard to bring him to camp.
Strengths: Height and straight-line speed allow him to stretch the field vertically. Soft hands allow him to snatch balls from the air. Tracks balls either over shoulder. Can out-run most linebackers and go up over the top of most safeties. Good footwork on routes despite his height, can free himself from man coverage or get to holes in zones early. Lines up with his hand down and as an H-back, though his best NFL position will be in the slot. Good character, has done quite a bit of community service work. Gave proceeds from team t-shirt sales (legal per NCAA) to young boy in need of a service dog.
Weaknesses: Lanky receiver build. Lack of strength is a major issue. Stiff and weak in pass protection, gives good effort to mirror his man but will be out-quicked and fails to get his hands on the numbers. Blocks with a narrow base. Did not start as often as you'd think because of his inability to move players in the run game. Must also prove he can hold onto the ball after big contact from veteran NFL defenders."
Positive: Tall, athletic tight end prospect with a large amount of upside. Fluid releasing off the line, plays with good knee bend, and easily moves about the field. Shows a lot of quickness in his overall game, runs solid routes, and easily adjusts or gets vertical to make the reception. Runs laterally with speed, consistently gets into the secondary creating mismatches, and easily makes the reception in stride. Finds the open spot in the defense and extends his hands to offer the quarterback a target. Displays soft hands.
Negative: Lacks functional football strength and gets minimal movement as a blocker. Blocks with a narrow base. Unnecessarily leaves his feet to make the reception on occasion.
Analysis: Hardy has displayed progress and ability the past two seasons and offers potential as a second tight end in the NFL."
Negatives: Lanky build... Still developing as a route runner... Traps a lot of receptions with his body... Struggles to make catches on balls away from his frame... Very raw in-line blocker... Lacks ideal bulk... Needs to improve lower body strength... Inconsistent technique... Played in a pistol offense at Northern Iowa... Some inexperience, only started eight games in his first three years at UNI (eight more starts in 2010)... A bit of a developmental prospect but has some upside... Lack of competition playing at the FCS level."
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