At the beginning of the '09 NCAA College Football Season, Greg Hardy was considered by some to be the top defensive end prospect in the country. He was finally thought to be healthy after a Junior season plagued with nagging injuries. Hardy's Sophomore year was by far his most productive by having an SEC-best 10 sacks. When healthy, Hardy has been one of the most result producing defensive ends in the nation. Injuries have certainly been a huge concern as far as Hardy's draft stock is concerned. That, coupled with character issues usually equals a draft stock nose dive down the board.
ProFootballWeekly.com had this to say about Hardy in mid November '09:
Mississippi senior DE Greg Hardy will be sidelined the remainder of the season after a left wrist injury he suffered earlier in the season was re-aggravated last week against Northern Arizona, with X-rays revealing a fracture. The injury-prone senior, who was also slowed by a stress fracture in his foot early in the season, finishes his career with 26½ sacks. He has been used most in passing situations as a senior. Hardy possesses unique pass-rush skills, but with a quirky personality that has opened questions about his overall character and dependability topped with more injury questions, his draft stock could plummet considerably. That said, some team will still likely take a shot in the middle rounds because of his pass-rush ability.
The talent is undeniably there, but the questions and concerns should keep Hardy out of quite possibly the first two rounds. The Ole Miss Defensive End did make an appearance in the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State but only managed a deflected pass in the game. Hardy did not participate in the Senior Bowl but did receive an invite to play in the East-West Shrine game. It is still up in the air as to whether or not Hardy will showcase his skills in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine on February 24th-March 2nd at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
During his college career at Ole Miss, even though injured a majority of the last two years, he racked up 38.5 Tackles for loss and 27 Sacks.
Below, we'll take a look at some footage of Hardy as well as some of the other significant accomplishments.
This video is from '07 but highlights Hardy at his best. He obviously has the skill-set to be effective at the next level quite possibly but the nagging injuries, if they continue, will contribute to that lack of success and hold him back from being the defensive end that scout's once thought he could be.
- 2007 Second-Team All-American
- 2008 Third-Team All American
|2009 Regular Season Game Log||Tackles||Misc||Interceptions|
|9/19||Southeastern Louisiana||W 52-6||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|9/24||@South Carolina||L 16-10||2||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|11/7||Northern Arizona||W 38-14||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|11/14||Tennessee||W 42-17||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|11/21||LSU||W 25-23||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|11/28||@Mississippi State||L 41-27||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|2009 Postseason Game Log||Tackles||Misc||Interceptions|
|AT&T COTTON BOWL||Oklahoma State||W 21-7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
SUMMARY AND PROJECTIONS:
With the injuries toppled with the character issues, Hardy could see himself being drafted in or around the 3rd Round. He could go slightly before or slighty after this round but I think that the late 2nd is most likely where we'll be hearing Hardy's name called. Drafttek.com has Hardy ranked 61st, mynfldraft.com has him being selected 61st, and NFLDRAFTSCOUT.com (CBS SPORTS) has Hardy ranked 96th. He's 6'4" 270 give or take a few pounds.
Possibilities -- 2nd Round; Picks 49-64 - 3rd Round; 65-95