@David I get it. You are a Broncos fan. Of course you are going to think they are the best team. The season is 3 weeks old. Let the teams play a few more before touting your team. They are very good and perhaps have the best defense in the league. Minnesota's may be better, but that is a toss up also. Simien is OK. Do not go throwing him as great yet. I seem to remember a QB named Foles having 27 TD's and 2 INT's one year and look how that turned out.... Walt has him in the top 5 and I feel it could be any of those 5 as the top team by years end. You take this whole ranking thing way too seriously dude...
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.