Hardy to tackle NFL Combine (Football)

February 21, 2011

Daniel Hardy

Armed with a solid resume and a college degree, Daniel Hardy of Anchorage is ready to tackle the job market.

Unlike most 23-year-olds, though, he’s looking to play tight end in the NFL.

Hardy, of West High fame, will take his first step toward landing his dream job this week when the former University of Idaho standout participates in the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, home of the Colts.

“I’m just super excited because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Hardy told me.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Alaskan will be among 300 top prospects taking part in the six-day combine that is part track meet, part physiological test. The players basically serve as a buffet table for NFL scouts to divulge strengths and weaknesses on and off the field.

Hardy is confident he will do just fine.

He currently ranks No. 13 among tight ends, affected in large part because a broken arm limited him to just eight games. Still, he managed 32-545-1 totals and was a semifinalist for the prestigious Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end.

Hardy also played in the NFLPA College All-Star Game at the Alamodome two weeks ago in San Antonio.

Now he’s headed to the NFL Combine.

“It’s pretty surreal,” he said. “It’s funny because I would watch it in high school and sometimes in college – some of those years I didn’t have cable so I didn’t get to always watch it – but I always envisioned myself there.”

At the combine, players will participate in workout drills such as the shuttle run, vertical jump, 40-yard dash and 3-cone drill in addition position drills. For Hardy that means rapid receptions and route running. He will also take the Wonderlic Test

Some guys melt under the pressure, but Hardy isn’t worried.

“When you think about it too much is when you don’t perform at your best,” he said. “Once you get out there you just let your training take over.”