Hardy burst on to the national scene as a freshman, hauling in 61 passes for 893 yards and ten touchdowns, on his way to Freshman All America honors. He didnít disappoint as a sophomore, bring down another 51 balls for 722 yards and ten touchdowns. Hardy took the next step to stardom as a junior, catching 79 passes for 1,125 yards and 16 touchdowns on the year.
Hardy has an amazing frame. He has fantastic height and is a nightmare to match up with in one on one situations. He simply towers over everyone on the field, and knows how to go up and get the football. Hardy is an excellent athlete that played on the basketball team as a freshman. His combination of height, athleticism and ball skills should allow him to be a major threat in the red zone at the next level. Hardy also has the toughness to cross the middle and hold on to the football, and can be tough to bring down in the open field.
Hardy is very raw as a receiver. He relies on his size and natural gifts too much. He is going to need to work on his route running a lot. He lacks ideal quickness and needs to be more crisp on his routes to ensure separation.
James Hardy has big time upside because of his potential as a touchdown maker. He has the natural talent you cannot teach, but will need some time to reach his full potential. He could make an impact in the red zone early in his career, but will need time to develop his other skills.