To say Andre Hardy is an off-the-radar NFL prospect is like saying Warren Sapp is a douchebag. Some things are beyond obvious.
First and foremost, Hardy is an NFL draft entrant out of Cal State Fullerton, a school that hasn’t had a football program in some time. So naturally he has absolutely no collegiate football experience what so ever to speak of. Secondly the sport in which Hardy did participate in was D1 hoops so there is a natural path to the NFL for him to take.
Hardy is trying to go the Antonio Gates and more recently Jimmy Graham route to the NFL from college power forward to pro tight end. With the tight end position being what it is now in pro football the need to find gifted athletes with exceptional size is becoming mandatory. Plenty of current NFL tight ends have hoops backgrounds and it has become routine for collegiate ballers to turn to football in hope of pursuing a professional career.
So far Hardy has drawn plenty of interest from teams including the Raiders who have a visit setup with the San Diego native. When Dennis Allen opens his first camp as a head coach the tight end position will be one of the battles to keep an eye on. Brandon Myers should have the inside track as a three year vet but David Ausberry is a talent that could develop into a real weapon.
Will Hardy be in that mix? If so it will come via a very late round draft pick or as a free agent invite to camp. As you’ll see from the videos below there isn’t too much to base any critical analysis on.
Andre Hardy, TE, Cal State Fullerton
Analysis: Posted good but not great measurables during his pro day (4.70 40, 19 reps of 225, 30” vertical). Isn’t fluid coming in and out of routes as you’d expect of someone picking up football for the first time. Appear to have good hands making some catches away from body. Has an NFL build and is agile for his size. Playing power forward will translate in terms of footwork and use of body. His father played parts of three seasons in the back in the mid 80’s.