Chris Hardeman: 2018 Draft Prospect Interview

Name: Chris Hardeman
School: Oklahoma State/Houston Baptist University
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 195

Q: What were some of your goals heading into your final collegiate season?

Some of my goals heading into my final season was to continue to lead my team on and off the field and do whatever I could on the field to help my team win ball games. Whether if that was on defense or special teams.

Q: If you could describe your style of play in 3 words, what would they be?

My style of play in 3 words would be: Aggressive, Student of the game, and Playmaker.

Q: How will you train and prepare this offseason for the draft or other pro opportunities?

I will prepare for the draft by staying true to my grind and just working out everyday and staying humble.

Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on or look for?

When I’m studying film, I focus a lot on tendency’s of offenses and Wide Receiver and it allows me in the game as a Defensive Back to play a lot faster and make plays. I also love special teams, so I study a lot of film on apposing team’s kickoff return coverage and study how they run their returns, who’s going to be blocking me, and the best way to defeat the block and make the play because I love being on kickoff and doing what I have to do for my team to impact the game.

Q: What separates you from the other players at your position?

I think what separates me from others at my position is that I’m very versatile. I can play Corner, I can play Nickel, and I can play Safety. I may not be 6’1″, but my versatility to the back end, I feel makes up for it.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

Strengths I will bring to the field is being that guy a coach can put at 3 different spots in the secondary and won’t miss a beat. Another thing is being able to compete at a high level on Special Teams and take pride in it. I’ve done it all 4 Years in college. Off the field, I take care of my business. I’ve never been in any trouble with the law and I love helping others, so I will be a guy that is helping out in the community any chance I get. I love making a difference in others’ lives.

Q: What is your final pitch or sell to NFL and other pro league scouts?

My final pitch would be that I love the game of football. I don’t play it for what it may bring for me, but I play it because I have a passion and a desire for the sport. I was raised around football my whole life and it’s all I know.

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