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Grading System
Position: C
Class: Sr
School: Purdue
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 6'3½, 295
40 Time: 5.18
Grade: 3.36

Selected by San Diego Chargers
Round 3, pick 3 (66 overall)
BIO: Former walk-on who earned a scholarship as a junior after moving from defensive tackle to offensive guard. Spent his senior season at center.

POSITIVES: Tough, self-motivated player limited by size. Explosive off the snap, plays with a nasty attitude and works hard until the whistle blows. Smart, immediately picks up stunts and gets to the spot-blocking defenders. Effectively uses body positioning to seal blocks.

NEGATIVES: Lacks balance in space, has trouble redirecting and possesses only average footwork. Does not have the dominant size or strength. Struggled during Senior Bowl practice.

ANALYSIS: A versatile line prospect, Hardwick offers growth potential and long-range possibilities at several blocking positions. A prospect worth taking a chance on based on his tenacity and production the past two seasons.

PROJECTION: Mid Sixth Round

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