Surprised none of you guys have posted this up. This guy is going to be fun to watch when he gets out there. The guy is just so intriguing and he's also quite handsome. I mean just sayin. Not that I find guys attractive or anything.
BY SEAN JENSEN
Last Modified: Aug 5, 2012 02:41AM
BOURBONNAIS — The Bears invested their third-round pick in Brandon Hardin, a defensive back who missed the entire 2011 season with a broken shoulder.
But through the first week of training camp, Hardin has looked like he belongs, making his share of plays, including an interception.
And that’s at a new position.
A cornerback at Oregon State, Hardin will play safety for the Bears, which is why patience is important.
“He’s making a transition. But athletically, he’s got everything you want,” Bears defensive backs coach Jon Hoke said. “He’s learning as we go, and he’s a smart guy, so he’s able to pick it up.”
Hardin is big (6-3, 217 pounds), but he also has excellent speed, which will be an asset on special teams.
Unlike some regular starters in college, Hardin was key on special teams at Oregon State.
With Major Wright and Chris Conte penciled in as starters, Hardin is embracing the special-teams route.
“Realistically, I’m hoping I can contribute to the Bears,” he said. “Right now, I’m four phases on special teams. I take pride in that.”
As a junior — the last season he played at Oregon State — Hardin tied for the team lead with 12 special-teams tackles.
He led the team with 11 special-teams tackles as a sophomore.
One thing that’s not a concern, though, is his health.
“Physically, no issues. Everyone always asks about the shoulder,” he said. “But fortunately, it happened so early in the season that I’m coming up on a year to date.
“I’m fine. The shoulder is fine. I’m just out there playing and not even thinking about it.”
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