Hardison was a former-fourth round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2015 draft out of Arizona State University. Prior to the 2016 season, Hardison suffered a shoulder injury during the preseason and wound up sitting out the entire year. In 2017, he spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots prior to landing with the Texans.
At 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, Hardison provides some solid depth along the defensive interior and brings the size needed to play either the 3- or 1-technique in Gus Bradley’s defense.
As a senior at ASU, Hardison was a force as he led the team with 10 sacks. He also collected 15 tackles-for-loss and added an interception. This led him to accept an invitation to the 2015 Senior Bowl where he continued to excel.
At the 2015 NFL Combine, Hardison ran 4.92/4.97 in the forty at 307 pounds.
In a corresponding move, the team also waived/injured offensive tackle Zach Crabtree.