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Brandon Hardin to Bears in Third Round

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    With the third-round pick, the Bears strengthened their secondary with Brandon Hardin from Oregon State. Though he played cornerback in college, he will play safety in the NFL.

    At safety, Hardin can give Major Wright competition and provide more depth at a position that hasn't been stable in Chicago for years. Chicago has drafted a safety in the past eight drafts.

    While Hardin will give the Bears more depth, it's hard to say what he will bring to the Bears because he missed several games because of injuries to his hand, shoulder and wrist. He contributed on both special teams and in the backfield.Scouts were impressed with his hitting, speed, size and intangibles.