Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 5/3/12
The Chicago Bears used the 16th pick in the 3rd round (79th pick overall) to take safety Brandon Hardin from Oregon State. Hardin missed the entire 2011 season with a shoulder injury, but he has the tools to be a great secondary player in the NFL, which is why the Bears took a gamble with him in the 3rd round. Chicago coveted the former Beaver, which is why he went a little higher than expected. Here are 5 Reasons the Bears will love Brandon Hardin. Hardin has to be an intrigue since he missed the entire college season and only spent 1 season as a full-time starter and was still taken in the 3rd round. The Bears love that he is over 6'2" and ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at the Oregon State pro day. Dude, the guy plays in the secondary and he benched 225 lbs. 24 times at pro day. The reason is simple why Hardin is a good fit in the Windy City, as he will be a FS or CB for the Bears' pass defense that ranked 28th in the league last season. I mean, you have to have a good secondary in a d...
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