Brandon Hardin, DB (Oregon State) Photo Credit: Jason Watson-US PRESSWIRE
Fast-rising draft prospect Brandon Hardin (Oregon State) has either or is scheduled to visit 15 NFL teams, including the Baltimore Ravens. After sustaining a shoulder injury last year, the defensive back has become an interesting prospect for a variety of reasons. At 6'2" and 216 pounds, he has great size to man up the bigger wide receivers in the NFL.
According to a story by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, along with his size, he adds speed (4.36 40-yard dash) and strength (24 reps of the 225 pound bench press) to his resume. Oh yeah, he also had a 35.5" high jump and a 10'4" broad jump, amazing numbers for a guy of his size.
Projected to be a third or fourth round selection in the draft later this month, Hardin's size also make him more likely to become a safety in the NFL rather than a cornerback.Either way, he could be an interesting possibility for the Ravens to ponder depending on what they do in the earlier rounds of the draft.
See what NFL Draft Scout has to say about Hardin, who they rate as the 4th best free safety prospect in the draft, although they list more well-known safety prospects Mark Barron (Alabama) and Harrison Smith as free safeties.