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Montario Hardesty (RB)
  • Height:
    6'0"
  • Weight:
    225 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    31 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Tennessee
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Cleveland Browns
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 27 (59)
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Pick Analysis: The Browns trade up to grab a big, physical runner in Montario Hardesty. He has outstanding speed, and his underrated cutback skills make him a solid fit in the Browns' scheme. With Jerome Harrison lacking the size to be the lone back, Hardesty should receive a high volume of carries as a key reserve.

Overview

Hardesty is an accomplished college runner that may struggle to bring the same kind of production to the next level. He is not quite big enough to be a power back and lacks the all out speed and explosion to be a game breaker. He does a good job of running behind his pads and shows balance on contact to break tackles and will fight for yards after the first hit. He shows a decent burst through the hole but lacks a second gear to pull away once he gets to the next level. He is a patient runner that does a good job of following his blockers and seeing things develop.


Strengths

Hardesty possesses good size for the running back position. Has good foot quickness and agility to get through the hole and make the first tackler miss. Is a competitive player who will fight for extra yards. Has good balance on contact to break tackles. Is a patient runner with impressive vision.

Weaknesses

Hardesty lacks the top end speed to be a home run hitter at the next level. His lateral cutting range is only adequate further limiting his explosiveness and big-play potential. Must improve his ability to sustain blocks in pass protection if he wants to remain on the field for third down.

Grade

6.8

 

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