Montario Hardesty, RB, Cleveland Browns

by Tim Heaney on July 19, 2010 @ 15:42:00 PDT


Montario Hardesty | Cleveland Browns | 6-foot, 225 pounds | Rookie

2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Pros: This second-round pick has the build to succeed as a featured tailback - at least a goal line producer and a capable receiver. Hardesty's impressive first-team OTA showing might have cinched his movement above Jerome Harrison, who missed some offseason work due to contract whining. Cleveland will probably lean on the run given their shaky quarterback crop and their solid offensive line.

Cons: Despite not missing a game in his senior season, Hardesty has a history of injuries to both knees - a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right one included. Harrison remains a factor regardless of carry split and still could start out as the No. 1 so Hardesty can acclimate to the pros. Chris Jennings, James Davis and Peyton Hillis could swipe totes.

Fantasy tip: The rook is mostly in the early eighth round, not a terrible price for a No. 4 back that could move into frequent fantasy flex duty. His boom potential and cheap price warrants a gamble. Cleveland wouldn't have spent a second-rounder on a tailback if they had full confidence in Harrison. It'll be easy to draft Hardesty since he's falling a couple of rounds below Harrison, on average.

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