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Browns select Montario Hardesty with the 59th overall pick

By Michael Beaven Published: April 23, 2010

The Browns selected Montario Hardesty with the 59th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Hardesty, a 5-foot-11 and 224-pound running back, played at Tennessee.

The Browns traded three draft picks -- 71st, 134th and 146th -- to the Philadelphia Eagles to get the 59th selection.

Hardesty has overcome several injuries during his collegiate career. Since 2005, he has suffered a torn right ACL, went through minor surgery on his left knee, had a high right ankle sprain, a stress fracture in his left foot and a right shoulder subluxation.

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert on Montario Hardesty:

"Montaro is a guy really like, This is another very tough football player. He is very talented. He had a reallg good senior year. He did have some nicks prior to that."

"They [the doctors] feel comfortable with both of these guys [T.J. Ward and Montario Hardesty]."

"He is more than just a banger. He has speed."

"He was a guy that we like and we felt comfortbale going up and getting him."

Montario Hardesty

"I played every game this year. I am healthy now and excited about being a Brown."

"I feel like I am an alla-orund back I don't ever wnat to go backwards. I don't want to get any negative yards. I want to be a complete back and give my team a spark that it needs."

"My goal is to be the best player I can be. I want to help out as much as I can in my rookie season with the Cleveland Browns."

"I don't know anybody that out-works me. I want to out-work everybody on the field."

"I am happy for the opportunity."

"I feel like I am an all-around back."

"I want to be a star. I am going to work to be a star. I am going to work to be the best I can be."


-- A captain at Tennessee during his junior and senior year.


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