Rudolph Hardie  

Height: 6-2   Weight: 269   Age: 34

Born: 10/8/1985

College: Howard

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Draft 2008

Pick Analysis: Unearthing late-round talent that can contribute to your team is every scout's dream. Those who have ventured to Washington D.C. see in Hardie a player hungry for a good coaching mentor to help him further the progress he has shown the last two years. Not regarded as a prospect coming out of high school, he joined the Bison as a walk-on and spent three seasons observing the game as a reserve before getting his opportunity.

Hardie earned All-State twice at Hartford Public High School. He competed as a defensive end and linebacker during his three-year career, playing for head coach Jack LaPlante. Despite those honors, he was not able to secure a major college scholarship.

Known for its academic programs, Howard University welcomed Hardie as a walk-on in 2003. He spent that season competing on the scout team. He saw limited action in three games during the 2004 campaign, posting three tackles with a 4-yard sack. He played mostly as a reserve in 2005, piling up 20 tackles (10 solos) with two sacks and 5.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

In 2006, Hardie emerged as a starter at right defensive end. The All-American and All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference first-team choice led the nation with 20 stops for losses. He led the Bison with 9.5 sacks, adding seven pressures, as he caused three fumbles and also broke up two passes. He added 51 tackles (33 solos) and proved his toughness by playing the final month of the season with a cartilage tear in his left knee.

Hardie repeated as an All-American and All-MEAC first-team choice in 2007. He did not have any sacks or stops behind the line of scrimmage in two of the season's first three games before catching fire. He produced 72 tackles (46 solos), as he led the team and ranked 10th nationally with 11 sacks. He led the nation with a school single-season record 24.5 stops for losses, adding 10 pressures and a pass break-up. He also caused a pair of fumbles and recovered another.

In 36 games at Howard, Hardie started 24 contests, including 22 at right defensive end. He registered 156 tackles (90 solos) with 23.5 sacks for minus-166 yards, 51 stops for losses of 231 yards and 19 quarterback pressures. He caused five fumbles, recovered another and deflected three passes.