Photo of Justin Hardy
Drafted By: Falcons
  • Round 4
  • Pick 8
  • Overall 107

Combine Results

Grade
5.25 ?
  • 4.56 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 36.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.63 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.21 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Atlanta lost Harry Douglas to free agency, and Hardy is an excellent replacement. He'll make a living in the short to intermediate passing game. He is sure-handed and should be a reliable third option for Matt Ryan. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'10" Height
  • 32 1/8" Arm Length
  • 192LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Instinctive. Works back to the football and adjusts well to inaccurate passes. Good length for his height. Hand-catcher with above-average hand size. Smooth hips to weave and make tacklers miss on crossing routes. Aggressive demeanor on the field. Nasty blocker looking to dominate his foe. More than 70 percent of his catches as a senior went for first downs.

Weaknesses

Was asked to run a limited, simple variety of routes. Not a threat to beat defenders with speed. Thin through lower body. Lacks quickness and explosiveness out of cuts to create instant separation. Limited play-making ability.

Draft Projection

Round 4 or 5

NFL Comparison

Ryan Grice-Mullen

Bottom Line

Hardy consistently attacks his on-field responsibility with urgency and aggressiveness and he's a very reliable target. With more teams running the ball out of three-WR sets, some coordinators will see value in the way Hardy gets after run-blocking assignments. Hardy must prove that he has the quickness to get separation out of his breaks.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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