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Greg Hardy (DE)
  • Height:
    6'4"
  • Weight:
    281 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    34 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 3/4 in.
  • College:
    Mississippi
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Carolina Panthers
Round: 6
Pick (Overall): 6 (175)
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Pick Analysis: What a shame for Hardy. Three years ago, he was regarded as a future first-round pick with an explosive move off the edge. Injuries have taken their toll, to the point where he couldn't even start games at Ole Miss last season. He was used solely as a situational pass rusher and was nowhere near as explosive as his sophomore season. Here's hoping he gets healthy, regains his lost step and becomes the player he could have been with the Panthers.

Overview

Greg is an excellent combination of size and athleticism. He has the ability to defend the run effectively when he keeps his pads down and gives effort but is inconsistent in this area. Greg is a solid reactor that finds the ball quickly and maintains leverage on the edge. He has good range when he decides to play hard but his motor doesn't always run hard. Hardy doesn't appear to have enough athleticism or versatility to contribute as a stand up defender but is talented and could be an excellent starter as a 4-3 defensive end. Durability, toughness and consistent effort are concerns.


Strengths

Hardy has a nice combination of height and great bulk at the defensive end spot. Possesses some very impressive athleticism coupled with good natural strength. Has been productive during his career. Blend of size and speed make him an effective pass rusher. Displays some good instincts.

Weaknesses

Durability is a bit of a concern with Hardy. Needs to be more consistent with his effort level and play harder through the whistle. Scouts question his versatility to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Doesn't always hold up against run defense, partially due to effort level.

Grade

5.1

 
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