Hardman was widely considered the fastest receiver and return man available in the draft. NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 57 prospect entering the draft, Hardman ran a 4.33-second 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine. The receiver has been described as a raw talent and playmaker who struggles to compete for the ball in traffic.
Hardman's selection cannot be separated from the current off-field controversy surrounding Hill.
The Chiefs announced Thursday following the conclusion of the first round that Hill "will not take part in any team activities" for the foreseeable future.