Draft Profile: Montario Hardesty

NAME – Montario Hardesty

Position – Running back

College – Tennessee

Status – Redshirt senior.

Size/Weight – 5-11¾, 225 pounds.

Important numbers – 4.49 in 40-yard dash, 21 reps on bench press, 41-inch vertical jump, 10-feet, 4-inch broad jump.

Age – 23

Honors – All-SEC first team as senior … twice was voted team captain by his teammates, including the ’08 season when he was not a starter.

College career – He had just one season as the feature back, rushing for 1,345 yards in ’09. Hardesty averaged 21 carries a game last year with a touchdown per game. Over his career he missed some time due to injury, including most of the ’05 season due to a torn right ACL. He also had problems with ankle injuries and a minor stress fracture in a leg.

Stats of note – Hardesty played in 49 games for the Vols, running for 2,536 yards on 560 carries with 26 touchdowns. He caught 38 passes for 405 yards and a TD.

STRENGTHS – Downhill runner … keeps legs moving … patient runner who will allow blocks to be set up and holes to be created … good in traffic … nimble but not quick feet … tough and aggressive and runs hard … good hands and can catch the ball … shrugs off arm tackles.

WEAKNESSES – Does not change direction very well … not a shifty runner and doesn’t make defenders miss on tackles … runs too high at times … does not have breakaway speed … willing blocker, but has to improve his fundamentals.

THE RIGHT 53? – In his only season as the featured running back, he touched the ball 285 times and did not fumble once. He was a team leader with the Vols, as evidenced by Hardesty’s status as team captain for two straight seasons. Working against him is his injury history, with questions about availability and durability.

What he said – “I think my biggest strength be my ability to do everything. I pose a mismatch against linebackers and safeties. I’m an every down, three-down back.”

End game – For a team looking for a power runner with a zone blocking scheme, they will have Hardesty rated higher than other clubs. One skill that makes him attractive to some offenses is his ability to catch the ball. It would not be a shock to see him go in the second round, or last until the fourth or fifth round.

ON THE CHIEFS LIST? – Unlikely, given their situation at running back.

4 Responses to “Draft Profile: Montario Hardesty”

  • April 2, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    Pass. No need to waste a pick this year on a RB.

  • April 2, 2010  - Anonymous says:

    Have we cut Kolby Smith yet?

  • April 2, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    Nope. Smith re-signed about a month ago. We still have Battle, Castille, Kestahn Moore, and Javarris Williams too. In addition to Charles and Thomas Jones, of course. I think the only RB that has been cut so far was Savage.

  • April 3, 2010  - el cid says:

    You need a RB every year. Hopefully one a heck of a lot better than J. Williams, another Pioli reach, clear out of the galaxy.

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