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East Carolina redshirt senior DT Terry Williams will make the NFL if "the light goes on," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Due to his work in Saturday's upset win over Virginia Tech, Pauline named Williams his Week 3 "Sleeper of the Week." The analyst wrote: "Williams is a player I’ve rated since watching him in 2012 as he’s a big, powerful interior tackle with the ability to hold the point and occupy blockers. He gets a bit sloppy at times and has not shown much in the way of off field conditioning but if the light goes on Williams will be playing on Sunday’s." While he likes Williams' game, Pauline didn't have a preseason draftable grade on him.
Sep 15 - 8:52 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline writes that ECU senior WR Cam Worthy "made scouts take notice" with his star turn during Saturday's upset over Virginia Tech.

Worthy caught six balls for 224 yards in the 28-21 win over the Hokies. "Last week we heralded the exploits of James Hardy, East Carolina’s top next level receiver," Pauline wrote. "During the victory over Virginia Tech it was Worthy, a prospect we graded as a free agent prospect, who made scouts take notice with 6 receptions for 224 yards (37.3-yard average). Worthy comes with terrific size (6-feet/2-inches, 210-pounds) and has shown great development in his game this season." Playing across from Hardy should continue to afford Worthy additional real estate with which to work.
Sep 15 - 6:29 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy struggled in Saturday's game against Virginia Tech, a contests scouts had circled to evaluate him, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Virginia Tech held Hardy to only four receptions for 47 yards (on 11 targets) in the game, a strong endorsement for a strong secondary (NFLDraftScout.com ranks true sophomore CBs Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson as the Nos. 1 and 4 corners in the 2017 class, and pegs senior safeties Kyshoen Jarrett and Detrick Bonner as Day 3 picks in the spring). "Hardy has a nice hesitation move to gain clearance against press coverage," Rang wrote. "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, as he demonstrated on a second quarter catch and run for a gain of 18. While Hardy's quickness was impressive, he isn't a physically imposing receiver at 6-feet, 188 pounds. He possesses long arms and has shown strong hands to extend and pluck passes away from his frame on tape, but the Hokies held him to just four receptions for 47 yards on 11 targets."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 14 - 10:35 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy caught only four passes for 47 yards and no scores in Saturday's upset win over Virginia Tech.

Hardy's mediocre afternoon paradoxically proves how legitimate East Carolina's success is. This victory was no fluke, and the Pirates thrived despite a few drops and no big plays from their biggest star. Hardy will probably (and justifiably) see his stock drop a little after this performance, but it's important to note that Virginia Tech was prepared for him and could defense the 5-foot-11, 186-pounder with star corners Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson, as well as a pair of highly-regarded safeties. Assuming Hardy doesn't faceplant on another big stage, he's probably still ticketed for Day 2.
Sep 14 - 6:20 PM

ECU senior WR Cam Worthy caught six passes for 224 yards in the school's 28-21 win over Virginia Tech.

Many eyes were on receiver Justin Hardy, but Worthy was the one with the big box score. With Hardy frequently in the slot, Worthy saw time opposite the Hokies' vaunted secondary and more than held his own. Evaluators will absolutely review this tape when writing his report.
Sep 13 - 4:28 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden completed 23 of 47 attempts for 427 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 28-21 win over Virginia Tech.

Carden added a rushing touchdown. The Pirates started red hot but failed to sustain that success. Luckily, Carden led a quick drive for a winning touchdown win less than two minutes remaining in the game. Carden will receive plenty of looks from the NFL because he is willing to distribute passes in multiple receiver sets, but evaluators will have to conclude if he has a strong enough arm to make specific NFL throws.
Sep 13 - 4:03 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy "is a legitimate big-time prospect based on his performance, production and skills," according to NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks.

"Don't sleep on Hardy, the Pirates' explosive pass-catcher, because he is a legitimate big-time prospect based on his performance, production and skills," Brooks wrote. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Hardy has collected 19 catches for 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns through two games. Brooks adds that Hardy's "speed and quickness make him a tough matchup on the outside," and the Pirates will look to get him involved via "screens and quick passes designed to get him the ball in space," against Virginia Tech CBs Kendall Fuller and Brandon Facyson.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 12 - 2:36 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler seems similar traits between Bruce Gradkowski and ECU senior QB Shane Carden.

"Doesn't sound like a compliment, but it is - Gradkowski is a 9-year NFL vet," Brugler tweeted. Carden runs the majority of his plays from a four or five wide set, displaying movement to find open space to throw. He is not the best intermediate or downfield passer, however, Carden is willing to throw to any part of the field in the 3-to-10 yard range.
Sep 10 - 10:55 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes ECU senior WR Justin Hardy is a top-100 pick who will be a No. 2 or 3 wide receiver in the NFL.

ECU wide receivers coach Donnie Kirkpatrick called Hardy a "definite first-round pick" last month. "It says a lot when Hardy was the games most productive receiver despite his team losing to the high powered South Carolina offense," Pauline wrote. "He finished the contest with 11 receptions for 133 yards even as the Gamecocks secondary tried to take him from the game. Hardy is a polished receiver that stands out in ever facet of the game. He’s not big or a vertical threat rather a top 100 pick that could line up as a number two/three receiver in a variety of offensive systems in the NFL." The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Hardy has collected 19 catches for 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns through two games.
Sep 8 - 7:09 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy had 11 catches for 133 yards in a 33-23 loss to South Carolina on Saturday.

The 5-foot-11, 186-pound Hardy has collected 19 catches for 220 yards and a pair of touchdowns through two games. He came into this game as one of just four returning FBS receivers who accumulated 100-plus catches in 2013 (114 catches for 1,284 yards and eight touchdowns last year). ECU wide receivers coach Donnie Kirkpatrick called him a "definite first-round pick" last month, and offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley, who coached Michael Crabtree at Texas Tech, compared Hardy to Crabtree.
Sep 8 - 2:02 AM

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


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