Ex-NFL player James Hardy III -- a 2nd round pick in 2008 -- was found dead in an Indiana river, officials confirm. He was 31.
The 6'8" wide receiver was drafted by the Buffalo Bills after a sensational junior year at Indiana University -- in which he was selected first team All-Big Ten.
Hardy's body was found in a log jam at the Maumee River on Wednesday afternoon -- after a City water filtration plant employee spotted him and called police.
Our sources tell us it appears Hardy had been in the water for several days. Police are investigating.
We're told Hardy's family had reported him missing on May 30.
However, his friends remember him as a nice, outgoing and generous guy who was an incredible athlete.