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ECU wide receivers coach Donnie Kirkpatrick called senior WR Justin Hardy a "definite first-round pick."

Hardy (6-foot, 190 pounds), a former walk-on, hauled in 114 passes for 1,284 yards and eight touchdowns last year. He is one of just four returning FBS receivers who accumulated 100-plus catches in 2013. Hardy has 266 career receptions, putting him in striking distance of the NCAA career receptions record. Pirates' offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, who coached Michael Crabtree at Texas Tech, compared Hardy to Crabtree.
Aug 25 - 7:19 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline is confused why NFL scouts don't value East Carolina redshirt senior DT Terry Williams more than they do.

"Scouts pay nose tackle Terry Williams little notice, which is unfortunate," Pauline wrote. "On film Williams is a big, interior tackle who holds the gaps or uses his short area quickness to make plays on the ball. In my opinions he’s one of the better nose tackle sleepers I’ve broken down this summer." While he likes Williams' game, the analyst currently doesn't have a draftable grade on him.
Aug 12 - 9:30 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes ECU senior WR Justin Hardy's draft stock will be hurt by poor measurables.

"The top prospect [on ECU] is receiver Justin Hardy, a player that’s been ranked on this site the past three years," Pauline wrote. "Hardy is a polished receiver with a well rounded game. His poor size/speed number will depress his draft stock yet Hardy will play at the next level as a number three/four receiver who can line up in the slot or on the flank." Hardy is a slot dynamo who is one of just four returning FBS receivers who accumulated 100-plus catches last year. In the Pirates' pass-happy offense, the 5-foot-11, 186-pounder will put up big numbers again.
Aug 12 - 6:59 PM

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports compares ECU senior QB Shane Carden to Connor Shaw and Colt McCoy.

Brugler rates Carden as a mid-to-late round prospect assured of at least being an undrafted priority free agent. "Carden operates very well in ECU's shotgun, spread attack, seeing the field extremely well with a strong understanding of match-ups to identify where defenses are most vulnerable," Brugler wrote. "He has decent arm strength and velocity, but the ball placement will run streaky and more often than not he goes to his initial read within seven yards of the line of scrimmage. Carden is very comfortable and productive in the offense with strong FBI (football intelligence), staying tough and poised in the pocket and knowing when to speed up his process. He is tough and fearless, hanging stout in the pocket with good movements to evade, reset and improvise while showing a feel for what is going on around him." The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Carden doesn't have an outstanding frame or superb physical tools, two strikes that will keep him out of Rds. 1-2.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 18 - 8:37 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy is a candidate to go in the top-100 picks in next year's draft, according to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports.

Hardy is a slot dynamo who is one of just four returning FBS receiver who grabbed 100-plus catches last year. "He uses good quickness off the line of scrimmage and subtle movements in his breaks to shake free and create some room to work as an underneath target," Brugler wrote. "Hardy is unimpressive in contested situations, but he plays with urgency, improvises well and is always working to get open for his quarterback. Although his size, strength and speed are very average, Hardy accelerates quickly and benefits in the Pirates offense with a lot of catch-and-go designed plays that allows him to show his vision and creativity as a ballcarrier." The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Hardy enjoys great chemistry with quarterback Shane Carden. In the Pirates' pass-happy offense, he'll put up huge numbers again.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 18 - 8:18 PM

East Carolina senior OLB Maurice Falls ranked as the No. 17 "Freak" on Bruce Feldman's annual list of collegiate athletic specimens.

The 6-foot-3, 247-pounder runs a 4.47 second forty, has a vertical jump of 36 inches, can squat 645 pounds and bench press 425 pounds. He hasn't played up to his NFL-caliber measurables thus far, but Falls could wreak havoc as an attacking OLB in the Pirates' 3-4 scheme this fall. He's a sleeper prospect to monitor.
Source: Fox Sports
Jul 12 - 11:11 PM

ESPN contributor Phil Steele grades East Carolina's QBs as the eight-best unit in the nation.

You won't be surprised by Steele's top five QB units: Florida State (Jameis Winston), Oregon (Marcus Mariota), Baylor (Bryce Petty), UCLA (Brett Hundley) and Ohio State (Braxton Miller). More interesting, perhaps, is the surprisingly high ranking of both the Pirates and No. 9 Marshall, which boasts Rakeem Cato. East Carolina's Air Raid offense helped Conference USA offensive MVP QB Shane Carden collect 4,139 passing yards on a 71 percent completion percentage and a 33-10 TD-INT ratio in 2013, along with 10 rushing touchdowns. Carden will be one of the nation's best fantasy contributors in 2014.
Jun 28 - 7:19 PM

East Carolina senior OLB Maurice Falls is one of the fastest linebackers in college football, according to NFL.com.

Falls will make his debut as a full-time starter this fall, but he has NFL-caliber measurables. The 6-foot-3, 247-pounder blazes a 4.47 second forty, has a vertical jump of 36 inches, can squat 645 pounds and bench press 425 pounds. If the light turns on this fall, Falls will be a sleeper prospect to monitor.
Source: NFL.com
May 29 - 10:03 PM

East Carolina redshirt junior DE Terrell Stanley will miss the upcoming season due to injuries he sustained during a February car accident.

"Terrell has come a long way and we admire his determination to return to battle, but he’s not ready to be in a position to fairly compete at the level he needs to be," East Carolina head coach Ruffin McNeill said in a released statement. "His full recovery and health are our first priority, as it would be with any of our players. We’re looking forward to him getting back to full strength and joining us in the spring." Stanley is looking to return in 2015 for his senior campaign, and McNeill is willing to file an appeal for a sixth year of eligibility if Stanley decides he wants to play in 2016 as well.
May 22 - 9:31 PM

The Falcons are working out ECU TE Justin Jones on Tuesday, according to the National Football Post's Aaron Wilson.

Jones was forced to sit out the 2013 season after he "did not meet expectations set forth by the program." Jones is massive at 6'8/270 lbs. he could be an intriguing late round flier or undrafted free agent.
Apr 15 - 10:50 AM

ECU junior WR Justin Hardy caught nine passes for 66 yards in the school's 37-20 win over Marshall.

Nine Pirates caught passes in this game, including quarterback Shane Carden. An argument could be made for Hardy being the most under discussed receiver prospect in the country. He is so smooth and agile from the slot, but expect Hardy to return for his senior year.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 09:50:00 AM

ECU and Ohio will play in the St. Petersburg bowl on December 23.

Junior receiver Justin Hardy has produced at a ridiculous level in ECU's quick passing game, and he is the one to watch. Some might put Shane Carden among the top non-seniors because of his statistical production, but focus on his velocity in the intermediate to downfield levels of the field.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 01:24:00 PM

ECU junior WR Justin Hardy caught 10 passes for 88 yards in the school's 59-28 loss to Marshall.

Hardy has been a consistent force all season and continues to display strong route running to separate. He is one of the more underrated prospects at the position, leading us to believe he will not declare for May's draft.
Fri, Nov 29, 2013 05:30:00 PM

ECU junior WR Justin Hardy caught five passes for 136 yards and a touchdown in a 34-13 win over FIU.

This is three straight weeks that Hardy has posted over 125 yards. In that span, the junior totaled 32 catches for 492 yards and two touchdowns. Keep him in mind during the offseason.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 10:18:00 PM

East Carolina junior WR Justin Hardy hauled in 10 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown in the school's 55-14 win over Southern Miss.

Hardy is one of the more productive receivers in the country, tallying 765 receiving yards and four touchdowns on 63 receptions. We doubt he enters May's draft, but keep him in mind heading into next season.
Sat, Oct 19, 2013 03:54:00 PM


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