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ESPN's Todd McShay compares East Carolina WR Justin Hardy to Jarvis Landry "in that he's a fierce competitor who isn't afraid to do the dirty work over the middle."

"He fights for yards after contact and is an aggressive, scrappy blocker," McShay wrote. "His draft stock is hurt by his lack of breakaway speed and average overall athleticism, but he has the chance to succeed as a Day 2 pick because of his elite ball skills and knack for getting open." Hardy recorded 121 catches, 1,494 yards and 10 scores in 2014. The 6-foot, 188-pounder has never been terribly fleet of foot and also posted only a 9-foot-6 broad jump at the combine, indicating his athletic explosion is lacking. He's reliable and willing to take a shot over the middle, though.
Apr 25 - 5:21 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes East Carolina QB Shane Carden has the "it" factor.

"He was the unquestioned leader on the field for ECU, displaying confidence without arrogance and getting in teammates' faces when the situation called for it," McShay wrote. "He takes a few too many unnecessary risks, but he's a big-time playmaker and shows a really great feel for the game." Carden reminds McShay of Connor Shaw, writing that his release and arm strength are both concerns, but his football intelligence and accuracy in the short to intermediate range could make up for it. "He'll never be a full-time starter in the league, but he's someone you want on your roster because of the way he competes and prepares," McShay wrote.
Apr 23 - 4:28 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis says East Carolina WR Justin Hardy is going to be underdrafted later this month.

"He runs the route you want run," Davis said, adding that Hardy's status as a former walk-on means he "will play with that perpetual chip on his shoulder." One could observe that in college, where Hardy capped off a sensational career by recording 121 catches, 1,494 yards and 10 scores in 2014. Davis thinks Hardy will be "underdrafted," but will "overdeliver."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 11:51 PM

East Carolina WR Justin Hardy "is a fierce competitor with huge hands that attack the ball and rarely drop it," according to NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"How can you not like this guy, who doesn't even complain about being ignored by the Biletnikoff Award panel after setting NCAA record for receptions? A lot of people will be curious to see where he goes and how he does," Cooney wrote. Hardy won the the Bulsworth Trophy as the nation's top walk-on in 2014. "It meant a lot, just having a trophy out there for guys like myself who walked on and then accomplished so much in your career, it's a great honor," he said. "It says a lot, that you go out there and do everything and give 110 percent."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 8:09 PM

In a scouting report, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes that ECU QB Shane Carden "was a tremendous college quarterback, consistently producing, but possesses average size and below average arm strength for the next level."

"He could be an asset as a third quarterback in a timing offense," wrote Pauline. The analyst likes everything that we do: It's impossible to rattle Carden, he thinks quickly, has good vision, is functionally mobile and doesn't make many mistakes. All that sounds great, but the weaknesses might preclude Carden from everything starting an NFL game. Per Pauline: "Possesses an average arm. Passes lacks speed and he struggles getting the ball downfield. Lacks height and has throws batted away. Loses velocity throwing on the move. High off the mark when he tries to zip the ball into targets."
Apr 17 - 10:03 PM

ECU WR Justin Hardy "projects as a good No. 3 wide receiver in the NFL," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"His speed (4.56 40) will scare some away, and he won't create separation based on his natural suddenness, but some guys just have a knack for separating, and Hardy is one of them," McShay wrote. "He catches everything, and has big hands for someone 5-10, 192 pounds. He isn't a big-play threat, but purely in terms of his ball skills and competitiveness he's one of the top wideouts in this class." Hardy is clearly ticketed for the slot in the NFL, but we'll note that he acquitted himself well when assigned outside assignments at the Senior Bowl. Hardy recorded 121 catches, 1,494 yards and 10 scores in 2014.
Apr 15 - 5:43 PM

ECU senior WR Cam Worthy "met previously" with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Bleacher Report's Brent Sobleski.

Worthy was just cleared for football activities three days ago, as he was dealing with foot issues. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder suffered a Jones fracture (foot) at practice during the Medal of Honor Bowl. In just 11 games of play, the ECU prospect had his best season for the Pirates, recording 55 receptions for 1,016 yards and four touchdowns. The downfield threat averaged 18.5 yards per reception this season, and could be a late round selection in this year's draft.
Apr 6 - 4:03 PM

The Panthers recently put ECU WR Justin Hardy through a private workout, according to Bill Voth.

A session that went "very well," writes Voth. We all know about Hardy's production, but it is his precision that makes Hardy's talent projectable to the next level. Some teams will pinpoint Hardy as a slot receiver since he has plenty of experience there. It was a small sample size, but Hardy fared very well on the outside at the Senior Bowl.
Apr 6 - 8:51 AM

The National Football Post's Greg Gabriel pegs ECU QB Shane Carden as a "good third day selection."

"Overall, I see Carden as a very good college player who lacks the top traits needed to be a starter at the NFL level," Gabriel wrote. "He is smart, instinctive, and a leader. He just lacks the necessary physical traits. He can become a very good backup who will win some games if needed. If he becomes a starter, he will be a guy you are looking to replace." The analyst noticed something we've also seen during games: Carden's testing numbers present an average athlete, but his feet are better than that when bullets are flying. He isn't Michael Vick, but Carden can move around flying bodies effectively.
Apr 4 - 5:41 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline disagreed with scouts' decision to add .2 seconds onto East Carolina WR Justin Hardy's 4.4 forty at his pro day.

They apparently did so because of the quickness of the track, but the analyst believes they overcompensated "a bit much in my opinion." Either way, no team is going to draft Hardy based on measureables. The 6-foot, 188-pounder has never been terribly fleet of foot and also posted only a 9-foot-6 broad jump at the combine, indicating his athletic explosion is lacking. Hardy is a productive slot receiver who completes his assignments and isn't afraid to take a shot.
Mar 27 - 1:52 AM

East Carolina DT Terry Williams pulled a hamstring on his second 40-yard dash attempt at the school's pro day and was unable to participate in drills, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The big tackle did complete his first run, though we haven't seen his time yet. Williams measured in at 5-foot-11 7/8, 329 pounds, which means he's lost over 30 pounds from his 360 playing weight. He hoisted up 22 reps on the bench, and posted a vertical jump of 24 inches and a broad jump of 8-4.
Mar 26 - 10:41 PM

The Chiefs are "very high on" East Carolina WR Justin Hardy, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Coming off a mediocre combine, and entering alongside an extremely strong WR class, Hardy may come at a discount in April. The 6-foot, 188-pounder posted a 9-foot-6 broad jump -- indicating his athletic explosion is lacking -- and a mediocre 4.56 forty. All of that said, Hardy's game is predicated on crisp routes and agility out of the slot, skills that Kansas City's offense could absolutely use. "Hardy’s route running skills, ability to separate in underneath coverage and dependable hands would fit a hole in the Chiefs offense," Pauline wrote.
Feb 22 - 2:09 PM

ECU WR Justin Hardy is hoping to "make a run" at the 3-cone Combine record for his position, according to Tony Pauline.

Hardy reportedly expects a forty in the 4.5 range, but the change of direction skills are where he could shine. Since 2006, the best 3-cone time is 6.42 from Jeff Maehl. Hardy excelled in the slot at ECU, but showed perimeter ability at the Senior Bowl.
Feb 20 - 1:41 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy dropped one of every 35 passes this past season.

For comparison sakes, West Virginia's Kevin White, who had 109 receptions and is a sure-fire Round 1 pick, dropped one of every 33. Hardy, a slot maven, recorded 121 catches, 1,494 yards, and 10 scores in 2014. NFL Media analyst Charles Davis recently wrote that Hardy "is a very good route runner" and shows "no fear going over the middle to make a grab."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 10 - 10:25 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden will "get a chance to show that he is a better athlete than most think" at the combine, noted NFL Media.

"He lacks a big arm and has issues with his throwing motion. While he is a gritty guy with big-time intangibles, that won't necessarily show at the combine," College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin wrote. An AFC national scout told NFL.com last week he loved Carden's intangibles, but hated his physical talent. "He looks like he's throwing a javelin, and he is on the wrong side of where we want quarterbacks to be in terms of athleticism, arm strength and accuracy, but his intangibles are way up there. I absolutely love his competitive nature, but I wish he had better traits," the scout said. Carden is a great collegiate system quarterback -- he threw for 11,991 yards and 86 scores as a three-year starter -- who CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compares to Bruce Gradkowski.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 9 - 8:23 PM


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