Hardy happy with Pro Day performance (Football)

March 14, 2011

Daniel Hardy

A few weeks after holding back at the NFL Combine, Anchorage’s Daniel Hardy went all out Friday at the University of Idaho’s annual Pro Day.

Healthy and feeling well, the 23-year-old tight end was among eight former Idaho players to participate in a variety of drills testing their strength, quickness and speed before scouts from 15 professional teams.

“It went pretty well,” Hardy told me.

He completed several of the same drills he did at the combine last month in Indianapolis and a few that he wasn’t able to because of a hip bruise like the popular 40-yard dash.

His ran the 40 in 4.69 seconds – a time that would have ranked sixth out of the 18 tight ends at the NFL Combine.

“That was a pretty solid time,” he said. “I was pleased with my results based on the amount of time I got to train.”

Hardy, of West High fame, returned to the practice field only recently. But now he’s good to go.

“The hip is basically 100 percent,” he said. “I’m gonna be attacking my training full force leading up to draft day and interviewing with teams that want to speak with me. I wanna get back to Alaska to visit as well.”

The NFL Draft is April 28-30.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hardy is projected as a sixth-round to seventh-round pick.