Does a good job of staying low and gaining leverage
Quick, strong hands
Balanced and shows great flexibility
Runs the arc
Textbook pass-rush technique
Deadly spin move
Nice speed rush
Anticipates snap count well
Has a repertoire of moves
Reads development of play and reacts
Comfortable in space
Closes quickly from backside
Nice change of direction
Average size and bulk
Needs to get stronger
Gets washed against the run
Inconsistent when setting the edge
Sometimes weak at point of attack
Not very powerful
Legitimate durability concerns
Might have character concerns (suspended for two games in 2007 for violation of team rules)
Summary: Hardy is projects as a right defensive end in a 4-3 scheme with the potential to play outside linebacker in the 3-4, but I think he is most comfortable with his hand in the ground. Hardy projects as one of the best pass rushers in the country for the 2010 NFL Draft, but he needs to stay healthy next season.
Player Comparison: Adewale Ogunleye. Ogunleye is a great pass rusher off the edge, but is inconsistent against the run.
@PrinceKO I wouldn't say that, look at his offense in Washington - Jackson and Garcon are mediocre and inconsistent, Reed is often injured, they had no RB talent at all, and 3 bad to mediocre OL starters (Williams and Scherff are obviously very good). The niners offense isn't that good either, but McDonald and Celek are decent tight ends, we have a good RB (when healthy) in Hyde, and a few solid OL guys in Staley, Beadles, and Kilgore (when healthy). He's going from rags to slightly inferior rags (depending on free agency). I'd love to have Cousins here in SF, giving up pick 2 for him and pick 17 where I'm hoping we take McCaffrey. I reckon Cousins can throw for 4,000 yards and 25 TDs in 2017 in SF.