AFC West: Rhett Bomar
Hardy was intriguing because he was a college basketball player who the Raiders signed as a tight end. With the likes of Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham striking it big after taking similar paths, it’s worth watching every time a player tries to emulate their moves.
However, Hardy didn’t make it a day past rookie minicamp in Oakland. The best-case scenario for Hardy was for him to be a practice squad player in 2012, giving him a chance to develop. However, it is clear the Oakland staff concluded Hardy is too far away from even taking him to training camp.
The Raiders also cut quarterback Rhett Bomar on Monday. He wasn’t going to be anything more than a camp arm, anyway.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
The NFL draft season is officially kicking off in Mobile, Alabama as scouts gather to check out some of the best talent available for the April draft.
Here is a look at some of the Senior Bowl players each team in the AFC West should study hard as they consider players in the early rounds.
Rey Maualuga, LB, USC: He is the type of player that can reconstruct a defense and that is what Denver needs.
B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College: He could be perfect for Denver's new 3-4 look.
Louie Sakoda, K, Utah: The team wants competition for the inconsistent Matt Prater. Sakoda is a top prospect.
Connor Barwin, TE/DE, Cincinnati: Some teams like him at one position better but he has good pass-rushing skills and the team could use a steal at the position.
Rhett Bomar, QB, Sam Houston St.: The former Oklahoma player could also be a high value pick. He could be worth it if the Chiefs don't want to make a huge splash at quarterback.
Quan Cosby, WR, Texas: He could be a value pick for a team that needs another quality receiver.
Peria Jerry, DL, Ole Miss: The Raiders could use a plugger in the middle and Jerry could be the answer.
Michael Oher, OL, Ole Miss: He is a player who Oakland could consider with the No. 7 overall pick.
Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State: This is a very smart, fluid player who could be a good value pick.
Brian Cushing, LB, USC: This is a position San Diego could look at in the first round and Cushing could be a good fit.
Derek Pegues, DB, Mississippi St.: The Chargers could look at a safety and he is an interesting player.
B.J. Raji, DL, Boston College: Raji could be attractive to the Chargers with the No. 16 pick.