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CEDRIC HARDEN
Position: DT
Class: Sr
School: Murray St.
Conference: Ohio Valley
Ht., Wt.: 6'2, 310
40 Time: 5.21
Grade: 3.14

BIO: Missouri transfer who saw ex10sive starting action since he was a red-shirt freshman. Finished his senior season with 37 tackles, eight tackles for loss and three sacks in 11 games. Junior totals were 67-11-2 after 41-8-2 when he spent both seasons at Mizzu.

POSITIVES: Big, powerful interior lineman who flashes dominance on occasion. Bends his knees, plays with leverage and easily holds his ground against blocks or bulrushes blockers up the field. Reads the action, flows to the play and keeps his feet moving up the field. Relatively quick off the snap and a good athlete for such a large man.

NEGATIVES: Overweight, poorly conditioned and easily wears down over the course of a game. Not overly instinctive and did too much standing around as a senior. Gets wired in blocks when he should easily annihilate opponents.

ANALYSIS: Gave one the idea that he was a top prospect after the 2000 season but it has been a downward spiral ever since. Looks unmotivated, out of shape and just an ordinary guy out on the field rather than the force he is capable of being. A potential first day pick early in college but off the radar screen as a result of his play the past two seasons.

PROJECTION: Undrafted Free Agent

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