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    Re: Rams visit with James Hardy

    “We appreciate everything James has contributed to Indiana University,” coach Bill Lynch said. “It has been amazing watching him grow not only as a football player, but also as a man.”

    Hmm, I too wonder. Especially after reading Maui's report on this kid's behavior and arrest. Sad to see how many young athletes get involved in so much trouble so early on.

    I was not aware of Hardy giving up his senior year of college to enter pro football. ...A little red flag here, a big red flag there. It's a huge endeavor what the NFL is trying to do to help these kids grow up.


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    Re: Rams visit with James Hardy

    Just saw this today.

    Tuesday, March 18, 2008

    NFL Draft Spotlight on - James Hardy of Indiana

    Today's NFL Draft Spotlight is on Indiana wide receiver James Hardy....he is listed at 6'7", 220 lbs....last season, Hardy caught 79 passes for 1,125 yards and 16 touchdowns....he scored 36 touchdowns in his 3 years at IU....

    Terry Hutchens of the Indianapolis Star was kind enough to take some time from his busy schedule of covering the Big Ten basketball tournament to respond...it is appreciated...

    Q1. In most publications, James Hardy is listed as one of the top 10 receivers in this year's NFL draft. Many novice fans were not aware of Hardy's talents until now. Why was he so overlooked during the football season?

    A. Bottom line is that Hardy played at Indiana, and with relatively few national television opportunties, a player can easily get lost at a school like Indiana. Hardy put up big numbers at Indiana. I think the biggest is that he had 36 touchdown catches in 32 regular season games. That's pretty impressive. He also averaged more than 60 catches a season for his three years of college football and nearly 900 yards per season. But when you're playing in a conference like the Big Ten, you just know that the guys at Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and places like that are going to get a lot more notoriety that a player who plays at IU. It's just the way it is.


    Q2. What type of person is James Hardy off the field?

    A. I think coming into college, Hardy had some character issues and he had one off-the-field incident involving his girlfriend in May of 2006 as well. But with the help of late IU football coach Terry Hoeppner, who was clearly a father figure to Hardy, this young man just really grew up in front of people's eyes. To see his maturity level and to hear him speak throughout his senior season, he just seemed like a different kid. I think in a few years time, Hardy went from a questionable character kid to a high character individual.


    Q3. What current NFL player is Hardy comparable to?

    A. People mention Plaxico Burress but it's hard to compare him. He has great size and that will always be the thing that stands out about Hardy.


    Q4. What are Hardy's strengths and weaknesses?

    A. Hardy has excellent hands and is capable of making the acrobatic play. His size (he's 6-7) also is a strength and he knows how to use his body to his advantage. He doesn't have burner speed and that may cause him to slip a little bit on a few NFL draft boards. But I think there's a lot of potential upside with Hardy.

    This is a kid who came to Indiana on a football scholarship but was second in the voting from Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana and came to IU with the intention of playing both. But basketball was always his primary love and most thought he would play football a year or two and then just concentrate on hoops. But he had some good early football success and then everything changed. But he really has only been playing organized football for less than five years and a lot of people see him as just coming into his own in terms of the things he can do on the football field.

    Well, Rams Coaches and Front Office, what do you think? :bash:

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    Re: Rams visit with James Hardy

    Quote Originally Posted by Fortuninerhater View Post
    I would take James Hardy over every receiver in this draft. Like Gholston, I believe he has the most upside and is already on par with his competition. He is also a terror in the red zone, a monumental weakness in our offense a year ago.
    Now I haven't watched this guy play, either, but "raw", "inconsistent", and "only began focusing strictly on football in 2005" are not things I'd normally associate with a player who is really NFL ready. I've also seen reports that he gets knocked off routes because despite his height, he doesn't have much upper body strength. He also supposedly doesn't run very crisp routes or block well.

    The NFL.com profile also noted that out of 144 balls thrown his way in 2007, he caught 79 but had 21 batted down by shorter receivers. That doesn't sound so good for a guy whose top assets seem to be his height and leaping ability.

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    Re: Rams visit with James Hardy

    Didn't we learn from last 6-5 plus guys just aren't good in the slot. Hardy probably will be grilled when he gets here. If he is pegged as a kid with good character who made mistakes in his youth Linny ,who is still the head coach by the way, and loves size and speed will be drooling over him. I don't think he is a bad player, but i suspect he will go a bit earlier

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    Re: Rams visit with James Hardy

    Quote Originally Posted by 39thebeast View Post
    ...I suspect he will go a bit earlier.
    And that is probably not only true, but the bottom line as well.

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    Re: Rams visit with James Hardy

    Quote Originally Posted by MauiRam View Post
    When the police arrived at the scene, the girlfriend's shirt was torn and she had marks on the side and back of her neck.
    What is it with Indiana sports figures and choking people? Going after a woman and a child is pretty low. I'll pass on Mr. Hardy.

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