Brandon Hardin will make the Bears happy
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 division where you will face Aaron Rodgers and Mathew Stafford twice.
The Bears lacked a legit big hitter last season that will make opposing WR's from going across the middle or going high for passes and now with Hardin they have that. Hardin is a big hitter with his size and he plays with great football intelligence.
If Hardin would have played his senior season and progressed like he did for the Beavers he would have been a much higher pick. Because of this he has a chip on his shoulders, as he knows he probably should have been a higher pick. He will come into camp ready to prove something. His only action last season was in the East/West Shrine game and he showed he was legit with 4.5 tackles.
Hardin is an experienced special teams player and that is always big. Even if he does not make an immediate impact for the Bears' secondary he will make an impact on special teams.
In the East/West Shrine game he recovered an onside kick.