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15. Kevin Hardy

An All-American from Illinois, Kevin Hardy, was drafted second overall by Jacksonville in 1996.  Hardy was an immediate starter, and the Linebacker would be an All-Rookie, helping Jacksonville reach the AFC Conference Final. 

Hardy played for the Jaguars until he signed with Dallas as a Free Agent in 2002.  His best season by far was in 1999, where he was a First Team All-Pro, had a personal best in Sacks (10.5), and  Approximate Value (17).  The season before, he had 117 Combined Tackles.

Overall, Hardy had 28.5 Sacks with 504 Combined Tackles and 402 Solo Tackles for the Jags.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 2nd Overall of the 1996 Draft 4/20/96.
  • Departed: Signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a Free Agent 4/14/02.
  • Games Played: 86
  • Notable Statistics:

    83 Games Started

    5 Interceptions

    59 Interception Return Yards

    8 Forced Fumbles

    6 Fumble Recoveries

    15 Fumble Recovery Yards

    28.5 Quarterback Sacks

    504 Combined Tackles

    402 Solo Tackles

    102 Assisted Tackles

    30 Tackles for Loss*

    52 Approximate Value

    *Tackles for Loss were not an official stat until 1999.
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1999)

    Pro Bowl (1999)

    All-Rookie (1996)
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