Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/15/12
Safety Brandon Hardin signed a four-year deal, putting all of the Bears' 2012 draft picks under contract. Financial terms were not disclosed. Hardin was a third-round pick out of Oregon State, who shot up draft boards with a strong showing at the East-West Shrine Game in January after missing the 2011 season due to a broken shoulder that required surgery. He then ran a 4.36 and 4.40 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day. A converted cornerback, the Bears like Hardin's toughness and play to play him at strong safety. "It's concerning that we're moving him into a projection area," general manager Phil Emery said after the draft. "(But it's) not a concern because of his physical nature, his toughness. He will strike you. He's not afraid of contact. "Sometimes you worry a little bit about that with corners. They're kind of skill/finesse guys. What kind of tackler will they be if you move them to safety? I have no worry about this guy. He will come down in the box and strike people.
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