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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

ECU senior QB Shane Carden went 24-for-33 for 250 yards, one touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 28-17 win over South Florida.

Carden has thrown for 2,129 yards (8.4 YPA), completed 65.9% of his passes and posted a 16/4 TD/INT rate during ECU's 5-1 start. His accuracy is down from last season's 70.5% mark, but he's averaging almost a yard more per attempt and his interception percentage has also dropped. The trade-off has been worth it, as you can see in his improved QBR ratings. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compares Carden to Bruce Gradkowski. We think he could carve out a similar pro career.
Oct 13 - 4:44 PM

In his return to the field, ECU senior WR Cam Worthy caught five passes for 56 yards in Saturday's win over South Florida.

Worthy had been suspended for the last two games for a violation of the student code of conduct. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote last month that Worthy had "made scouts take notice" with his play earlier this season. Worthy has a big frame (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) and has made great strides on the field this year.
Oct 13 - 4:28 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden completed 31 of 41 attempts for 410 yards and four touchdowns in the school's 45-24 win over SMU.

Carden is a very good college quarterback and will likely get a shot to make an NFL roster next summer. The question is if he will be drafted. Expect to see Carden at one of the postseason all star games, and his play there will be telling.
Oct 4 - 4:31 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy caught eight passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 45-24 win over SMU.

SMU could not stop a nose bleed right now, and Hardy took advantage. The future slot receiver is very quick on underneath routes and has some after catch ability. We doubt he becomes a top three-round pick, but Hardy could contribute in the right role and offense.
Oct 4 - 4:19 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes that ECU senior QB Shane Carden "shows high football intelligence and toughness with enough talent to potentially carve out a Bruce Gradkowski-type career in the NFL."

"Carden doesn't have an elite arm and he has some mechanical flaws, but he shows high football intelligence and toughness with enough talent to potentially carve out a Bruce Gradkowski-type career in the NFL." Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound Carden had a monster performance versus North Carolina, leading the Pirates to a 70-41 win. Carden was 30-for-48 with 438 yards passing, four touchdowns though the air, two rushing touchdowns on the ground and one interception. Brugler notes that Carden "is very comfortable in the Pirates' shotgun spread attack and sees the field well to distribute the rock to the weapons around him."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 2:15 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden's dominant performance against North Carolina "will force NFL scouts to take notice," according to NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks.

Carden went 30-for-48 for 438 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 70-41 thrashing of the Tar Heels. "The performance represents the fifth time that Carden has topped the 400-yard mark, including his 427-yard effort against Virginia Tech a week ago," Brooks wrote. "With his spectacular production and ECU's emergence as an offensive juggernaut garnering headlines, Carden is definitely piquing the interest of scouts looking for a developmental passer to build around." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler recently compared the 6-foot-2, 218-pound Carden to Bruce Gradkowski.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 22 - 9:57 PM

ECU senior WR Justin Hardy caught six passes for 92 yards and no scores in Saturday's 70-41 triumph over North Carolina.

Hardy's production has dropped off in his last two games as opponents have made a concerted effort to make his life difficult. Extra attention isn't going to be possible going forward: Shane Carden doesn't mind spraying the ball all over the field in sets of four or five WRs. Today, even with Cam Worth suspended, Trevon Brown had 117 receiving yards, and Isaiah Jones had 116 yards through the air. "Hardy has a nice hesitation move to gain clearance against press coverage," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote last week. "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."
Sep 20 - 8:56 PM

ECU senior QB Shane Carden went 30-for-48 for 438 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in Saturday's 70-41 demolition of North Carolina.

No Cam Worthy? No problem. Ruffin McNeil's bunch comes out of a difficult non-conference slate that included South Carolina, Virginia Tech and North Carolina (Carden threw for more than 300 yards in each of those games, and more than 400 in two) with a 3-1 record. We love Carden's ability to spread the ball around in four- and five-wide sets, but don't see enough arm strength to get too excited about his NFL projection. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler compared the 6-foot-2, 218-pound Carden to Bruce Gradkowski, which sounds about right.
Sep 20 - 8:35 PM

ECU senior WR Cam Worthy has been suspended for the next two games, including Saturday's contest against UNC, for a violation of the student code of conduct.

"Looks like the Worthy suspension stemmed from a late summer verbal disagreement between Worthy and another male student," ACC beat writer Lauren Brownlow tweeted. Worthy is suspended from all student activities until October 4. The senior was the star of ECU's win over Virginia Tech and is a great second level complementary piece to slot receiver Justin Hardy.
Sep 20 - 2:11 PM

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


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