Source: Hardy still weighing options

Updated: January 14, 2009, 5:33 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN.com

Mississippi defensive end Greg Hardy will have a final meeting with coach Houston Nutt on Thursday to discuss if he'll reverse his thought process and return to school, a person close to Hardy said Tuesday.

That same person said earlier Tuesday that Hardy was expected to declare for the NFL draft today. Hardy wants to further discuss his potential draft position.

Nutt and Hardy will discuss whether the decision to go pro is in Hardy's and Mississippi's best interests. Thursday is the deadline for college football underclassmen to file paperwork to be included in April's NFL draft.

Hardy had 9.5 tackles for loss, including 8.5 sacks, in only eight games this season. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound junior had 10 sacks as a sophomore and is considered one of the top pass rush specialists in the upcoming draft by Scouts Inc.

Hardy, of Millington, Tenn., is rated as the No. 30 overall player by Scouts Inc.

Mississippi junior offensive lineman John Jerry is expected to return for another season, the source said.

Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN.

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