Today we take a look at the newest member of the New York Jets. He was an undrafted free agent, who spent his first three college seasons at Rutgers, before transferring to Delaware for his senior campaign. Spotlight on DT, Matt Hardison.
Here is some video to start:
He is 6’4″, 295 pounds.
PROS:First and foremost is his speed to the ball. The snap comes, and “boom!”, he is moving his quick feet towards that football. Hardison is a solid tackler, especially against the run. This guy doesn’t miss. He also is a strong guy, watch him on the tape sometimes take his blocker back 5 yards and more. He also has a pretty sweet spin move when rushing the passer, which is surprising for a big guy like Hardison.
CONS:You have to look at the competition. Playing for Delaware(on the tape), and Rutgers before that, you aren’t often playing against top flight college competition. He also has some difficulty coming off of blocks. Look at the tape, sometimes when he is engaged with an offensive lineman, he stays engaged and can’t come off of that block. His hand technique isn’t great, which would solve that problem. That will only get harder at this level. He also comes to the Jets at a deep position, defensive lineman.
Matt Hardison has ability, this is not in dispute. How much of what he does will translate to the next level? Hard to say. As I said, he comes to a team with an already deep depth chart on the defensive line. The Jets obviously saw something in him, and we wish him luck in training camp.