|No. -- Free agent|
|Date of birth:||October 30, 1989|
|Place of birth:||Kealakekua, Hawaii|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||217 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Honolulu (HI) Kamehameha|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 3 / Pick: 16|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
Brandon Hardin (born October 30, 1989) is an American football safety who is currently a free agent. Hardin was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college at Oregon State.
In his college career, he registered 105 tackles, one interception, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 38 games. He started all 12 games at right cornerback in 2010, recording 63 tackles and three forced fumbles. He missed the 2011 season due to injury, but played in the East-West Shrine Game anyway.
2012 NFL Draft
The Chicago Bears chose Hardin in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft despite him missing the entire 2011 college football season with a shoulder ailment and having an extensive injury history during his career at Oregon State. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock called Hardin "a big, good-looking kid who will definitely play inside in Chicago."
On May 15, the Bears signed Hardin to a 4-year contract, making him the last of the Bears draft picks to sign. Hardin was also reunited with Stephen Paea. "If I had one word to describe him, it would be a beast," Hardin said. "He’s just strong as hell. When he was our d-tackle and I was playing corner, it was good knowing he was in there rushing the quarterback."
On August 18, 2012, during a pre-season game against the Washington Redskins, Hardin left the 3rd quarter with a neck injury, and had to be carted off the field. The injury came when he was tackling Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen, which caused him to lie on the field for 10 minutes. His head was immobilized, but he showed mobility in his arms. Hardin was later released from the hospital a day later. Hardin was placed on injured reserve shortly later.
New York Jets
In June 2012, Hardin graduated with a degree in business administration.
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