Watch Daequan Hardy show his speed with his 40-yard dash at the NFL combine

If Penn State defensive back Daequan Hardy was looking to move his draft stock up a round at the NFL combine, he certainly didn’t disappoint with his 40-yard dash time. Hardy put NFL teams on notice that even though he may be an undersized nickel, his burst of speed and athleticism can play in the NFL.

Robinson’s official time was clocked at 4.38 (tied for fifth among cornerbacks). Although fast, it was still a full tenth of a second slower than Clemson’s Nate Wiggins, who recorded the fastest time of the day out of the defensive back group. Even more impressive is Hardy’s second attempt was also a 4.39.

Hardy joins edge rusher Chop Robinson as Penn State NFL hopefuls who have made their mark during the first two days of the combine. Hardy has the massive advantage of being a tremendous special teams player and return man. His speed that he showed off today will be vital to NFL teams as a gunner and returner on punts.

We’ll watch how the rest of the combine goes for Hardy, but this was a fantastic start for a player trying to lock down being a Day 3 draft pick.

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