Scouting Report: Montario Hardesty

Written by Will Spencer on April 13, 2010

Montario Hardesty

Position: RB School: Tennessee
Height: 5’11 3/4" Weight: 225 lbs
Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.49

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

3rd Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 6
Quickness/Agility 10 7
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 6
Durability 8 2
Character 6 6
Production/Experience 6 2.5
Toughness 8 8
Potential 10 7.5

Running Back Specific Categories


Max. Value


Between the tackles 8 7
Outside the tackles 8 6
Receiving 6 4
Ball carrying 8 6.5
Vision 10 9
Elusiveness 8 4.5
Pass Blocking 8 5
Leg Drive 8 7.5
Break Tackle 8 6

Explanation of Player Grading System


A very strong runner that keeps his legs moving. Doesn’t go down on initial contact and always seems to fall forward. Good balance and body control. Vision is by far his best quality. Runs with patience but hits the hole quickly when he finds a crease. Will explode through the line. Doesn’t dance or hesitate. Solid receiver out of the backfield. Smashes through arm tackles. Average elusiveness.


Not a true threat outside the tackles and won’t run away from a defense. Not a home run hitter. Though he’s willing, he needs to work on his skills as a pass blocker. Will run upright at times and is prone to taking big hits. Has a serious injury history and knees are going to be a problem for him. Production was very limited at UT, mainly due to injuries. Really only had one very good season in 5 years with the Vols.


If Hardesty can stay healthy, he could quite possibly have a very good career ahead of himself. However, health is a serious concern. He’s had issues from his ankle to his knees, which are the biggest problem for him. Hardesy is a solid between the tackles runner and will make a nice complimentary back for a team that has a speedy, outside the tackles runner.


Hardesty is a one year starter at Tennessee.

Awards and Honors

2009: n/a
2008: n/a
2007: n/a
2006: n/a
2005: n/a


Sports management major at Tennessee.


Has season ending knee injury in 2005 and receives medical redshirt. Misses three games in 2007 with ankle injury. Has serious knee issues and suffers from chronic soreness.

Career Stats
Year Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards TD
2009 282 1345 4.8 43 13 25 302 1
2008 76 271 3.6 27 6 4 24 0
2007 89 373 4.2 26 3 3 25 0
2006 107 384 3.6 43 4 5 54 0
2005 6 18 3.0 11 0 0 0 0

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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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