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ECU senior WR Justin Hardy "has worked his way into Day 2 consideration by displaying strong hands, ball skills and precise route-running ability," according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Hardy produced nine catches for 104 yards Saturday against Tulane to leave him with 355 receptions during his four-year career. "Given the importance of production on a scout's final evaluation, Hardy's outstanding numbers will make him an intriguing player to watch throughout the pre-draft process," Brooks wrote. Hardy should enjoy a long NFL career as a productive slot receiver.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 24 - 11:55 PM

ECU senior WR Cam Worthy caught seven passes for 115 yards in Saturday's win over Tulane.

He's exceeded the century mark in receiving yards in three of the past four games. The former walk-on wasn't discussed in NFL circles prior to this season, but it's possible that he's shown enough improvement this year to hear his name called on Day 3 in the spring. Worthy was suspended for two games earlier this year, but has posted 38 receptions for 748 yards through eight contests.
Nov 23 - 8:58 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden completed 31-of-44 passes for 358 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win against Tulane.

Carden, a system wizard, has piled up 3,574 passing yards and a 21/5 TD/INT ratio during the Pirates' 7-3 start. The gunslinger accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl earlier in the month. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compares Carden to Bruce Gradkowski.
Nov 23 - 8:45 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy broke Ryan Broyles' FBS record of 349 career receptions in Saturday's 34-6 win over Tulane.

Hardy came into the game needing just four catches to surpass Broyles. He ended up with nine receptions for 104 yards to put him at 355 career catches. The senior has a few more games to pad his shiny new record. Fittingly, Hardy didn't bust anything longer than 21 yards in the game. The senior's a consummate possession receiver who uses his excellent body control and sure hands to move the chains. He's viewed as a mid-round draft selection, where he could find a career in the NFL working out of the slot, something he's already shown a great ability to do at the college level.
Nov 22 - 8:51 PM

AAC commissioner Mike Aresco said in a statement that he was "disappointed" in the omission of ECU senior WR Justin Hardy from the list of Biletnikoff semifinalists.

The Belitnikoff is awarded to the best wideout in the country, but when the list of ten semifinalists was released on Tuesday, Hardy's name wasn't in the mix. "While we understand that there are a number of deserving candidates for this honor," Aresco said, "anyone who has seen Justin play this year would have to conclude that he is among the best receivers in the nation." Hardy has 1,002 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He is four receptions shy of breaking Ryan Broyles' FBS record of 349 career catches. The 6-foot, 186-pounder has accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl. His consistency as a slot receiver should land him somewhere as a mid-round draft selection.
Nov 19 - 7:18 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that ECU senior WR Justin Hardy will "likely make history on Saturday" by setting an NCAA record for career receptions.

Hardy was a notable omission from the Biletnikoff Semifinalist roster, but, as Brugler points out, Hardy is just four receptions away from breaking Ryan Broyles' record for career receptions. Broyles had 349. For the season, Hardy has caught 80 passes for 1,002 yards and seven touchdowns. The 6-foot, 186-pound senior is a former walk-on who is now being graded as a middle-round pick in the draft thanks to his impeccable body control and ability to work out of the slot.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 18 - 5:48 PM

ECU senior WR Cam Worthy caught five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown on Thursday.

Worthy's seven-yard touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter briefly put the Pirates ahead before Bearcat quarterback Gunner Kiel led his team down the field for a game-winning field goal. Worthy is a former walk-on and has carved out a nice role alongside slot receiver Justin Hardy.
Nov 13 - 11:49 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy caught 15 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 54-46 loss to Cincinnati.

Quarterback Shane Carden threw the ball Hardy's way on almost every possession. The senior receiver made several impressive leaping catches, showing his ability to wrestle with defenders in the air. Hardy is just 6-foot, but he shows excellent body control and an ability to come down with jump balls, as he did on a 31-yard pass in the third quarter. He also caught an 18-yard touchdown out of the slot in the fourth quarter on a scrambling throw by Carden. Hardy feels comfortable catching balls over the middle, a trait that could make him a valuable slot receiver at the next level.
Nov 13 - 11:38 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden completed 35-of-61 passes for 418 yards and two touchdowns in Thursday's 54-46 loss to Cincinnati.

Carden struggled to put the ball in the end zone early on, leading his team into the red zone four times in the first half before they finally hit pay-dirt. East Carolina was down 13 points at halftime. Carden was able to put the Pirates ahead late in the fourth quarter only to be foiled by a Cincinnati field goal with fifteen seconds to go. His 61 pass attempts for the game somehow marked only the second-most attempts he's made all season, as he threw the ball 64 times against Connecticut two games ago. The gunslinger accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl earlier in the week. Carden throws the ball a lot (obviously) for East Carolina, but he's viewed mostly as a system quarterback and should be, at best, a late-round draft choice.
Nov 13 - 11:24 PM

ECU WR Justin Hardy has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Hardy joins his quarterback Shane Carden in accepting invitations, and the two will have an instant rhythm in one on one passing drills. Hardy will make his NFL money in the slot, something he is already being asked to play at ECU.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 10 - 2:32 PM

ECU QB Shane Carden has accepted a Senior Bowl invite, according to the event's site.

The senior crop of quarterbacks is a very weak position this year, so the other five who accept invites will be interesting. It is worth pointing out that Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley are eligible. Carden comes from a four or five receiver offense, so expect his footwork to be questioned during the event.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 10 - 1:55 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy was held to four receptions and 35 yards in a 20-10 upset loss to Temple on Saturday.

Temple won this game despite getting outgained 428-135. They did it by not turning the ball over, recovering five Pirate fumbles, blocking a field goal, and forcing ECU to run by devoting defensive resources to clogging passing routes. Temple entered the game 0-34 against ranked teams in their last 34 such contests. As for Hardy, he's a slot-only receiver at the next level. We're lower on him than most, seeing a Day 3 pick.
Nov 2 - 3:12 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden completed 38 of 64 attempts for 445 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Carden added 32 rushing yards. There is no doubt some teams will not view Carden as draftable. Others could see him as a sixth- or seventh-round pick. Either way, Carden will get a shot in an NFL training camp and will have a chance to make a roster.
Oct 24 - 9:48 AM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy caught 14 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown in the school's 31-21 win over UConn.

Hardy is a very good slot receiver at the college level and is lucky to be playing the spot where he projects in the NFL. There is plenty of quickness and body control from his inside position, but do not expect him to consistently take the top of coverages. Hardy could be an early third day pick who makes his mark in the short and intermediate areas.
Oct 24 - 9:33 AM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy caught 10 passes for 114 yards and no scores in Saturday's 28-17 triumph over South Florida.

The prospect with an NFL future in the slot is super quick underneath and can haul in passes on the move. We hesitate to stamp him with a Day 2 grade right now, but don't see any reason why Hardy couldn't contribute in the right system (i.e. one that doesn't, because of circumstance, force him to play on the outside as a No. 1 or 2 WR). "Hardy has a nice hesitation move to gain clearance against press coverage," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote last month. "Though he doesn't possess elite top-end speed, Hardy accelerates quickly and cuts sharply. He has good vision and balance to shake would-be tacklers with the ball in his hands."
Oct 13 - 4:59 PM


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