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JaQuan Hardy

Scouting Notes: JaQuan Hardy, RB, Tiffin

Redshirt Senior | 5’10”, 220 lbs | Westlake, OH

 

A well-built RB with NFL-ready size, speed and contact balance who will need to learn how to make an impact in the passing game

 

Overview:

JaQuan Hardy came to Tiffin unrecruited. He started his career as a backup his freshman year before breaking out for 1000 rushing yards as a sophomore. Before his junior year, he suffered a knee injury resulting in him getting redshirted. In his redshirt Junior year hie exploded with 1500 yards in 11 games earning plenty of second-team All American honors. He is known throughout campus for his good character. Is an advocate for students with disabilities and raises awareness for sex trafficking.

Strengths:

– Ideal size for an NFL running back, has powerful legs that he uses to drive through tacklers
– Shows excellent speed, both in terms of burst through the hole, beating defenders to the corner and the long speed to turn big runs to TDs
– Great contact balance, consistently dominates D2 competition. Averaged 10 broken tackles per game in the games I watched.
– Strong jump cut that he can use to evade tacklers or to attack his chosen hole
– Displays power and strength in running, always gets some yards after contact, and can be seen occasionally bowling over defenders completely
– Minimal ball security concerns. Only had 1 fumble in 2019
– Played his biggest against his toughest opponents. Led the Dragons to there first victory over rival Findlay in 26 years and a conference title

Areas To Improve:

– Is nearly clueless in pass protection, consistently allows pressures. Just looks like he doesn’t know where to block
– Never really had the chance to show what he’s capable of in the passing game, but the routes he ran we’re slow and lazy
– A lot of his production came on runs where he bounced outside, plays that won’t be available at the next level
– Can sometimes get happy feet in the backfield and try to make a play when there is none there
– Average vision, too often just runs straight into the back of an O-Lineman

Injury Concerns:

– Missed all of 2018 with a knee injury, lost 80% of his meniscus in his knee.

Projection:

Jaquan Hardy has an NFL-ready body and NFL speed but he is going to need to refine a lot of his game in order to make the jump from Division 2 to the NFL. Unless he tests even better than expecedt and shows drastic improvement in his receiving skills and pass protection, expect him to be a priority free agent with a slight chance of getting scooped up in the later rounds. As a pro, expect him to need a year on the bench or on the practice squad to get used to NFL speed and work on his passing game skills but he’d have the potential to become a solid 2-down back similar to former Tiffin Dragon Chris Ivory.