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UND FOOTBALL: Former UND standout wide reciever hopes to sign with NFL team

Since the end of UND’s football season, Greg Hardin has been working out, talking to NFL teams and concentrating on finals.

On Saturday, his future in football likely should become clearer as the former UND standout wide receiver hopes to sign a free-agent deal with an NFL team.

The NFL draft begins tonight and concludes Saturday. Hardin knows he won’t get drafted but has talked to enough teams in the league to know he’s on the radar.

Hardin said he’s had contact with roughly 10 NFL teams, with Denver giving him a couple of calls.

“It’s definitely an exciting week,” he said. “I’ve been waiting since January. But it’ll be worth it.”

Hardin said NFL personnel, when they call, ask questions centered around his health, work-out schedules, agent contacts and character.

Hardin added that his Pro Day in Fargo went well, adding his time in the 40 was 4.44 seconds.

“Overall, it went pretty good,” he said.

Hardin was UND’s top receiver the past two seasons. In 2013, he caught 67 passes for 1,153 yards and five touchdowns.

He also was UND’s top kick returner. He returned 36 kickoffs last season for 854 yards and two touchdowns.

Hardin said he’ll remain in Grand Forks this weekend, waiting for a call either Saturday or Sunday, the days when NFL teams usually cut deals with free agents.

There is another possibility for Hardin as well.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL have been in contact with Hardin. The team holds his rights.

Wayne Nelson
Nelson is the sports editor of the Herald
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