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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline grades East Carolina linebacker Montese Overton as a Rd. 7 prospect and Zeek Bigger as a UDFA.

The analyst added that "upward movement on draft boards is possible" for both prospects depending on their performances this year. "Overton is the better athlete while Bigger’s the better football player," Pauline wrote. "Both are size deficient."
Jun 27 - 6:41 PM

East Carolina senior TE Bryce Williams is "a tough, dependable pass catcher and a prospect who could catch fire with a good senior season," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline noted.

"Keep an eye on tight end Bryce Williams. He’s a tough, dependable pass catcher and a prospect who could catch fire with a good senior season followed up by solid workouts in the lead up to April’s draft," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-6, 258-pound Williams recorded 18 receptions for 237 yards, with 4 touchdowns last season. With Shane Carden off to the NFL, Williams could be a favorite target of inexperienced sophomore QB Kurt Benkert.
Jun 25 - 3:24 PM

Ravens signed East Carolina WR Cam Worthy to a three-year contract.

Worthy (6'2/211) bookended Justin Hardy at ECU, amassing 74 catches for 1,311 yards (17.7 YPR) and six TDs in two seasons after transferring from JUCO. Worthy's special teams experience gives him a good shot at landing a roster spot, and plus athleticism makes him an intriguing long-term prospect.
May 6 - 8:21 PM

Bears signed ECU QB Shane Carden.

Carden (6'2/218) was named the American Conference's Offensive POY by the league's coaches as a senior after completing 66.6 percent of his collegiate passes with an 86:30 TD-to-INT ratio. A scrambling threat at ECU, Carden added 24 rushing TDs, but has 4.94 speed and isn't a true dual threat. A weak-armed but tough prospect who will likely spend his NFL career holding a clipboard, Carden has been compared to Bruce Gradkowski by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.
May 3 - 7:39 PM

Falcons selected ECU WR Justin Hardy with the No. 107 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Hardy (5'10/192) originally walked on at ECU, yet went on to break Ryan Broyles' record for most receptions in NCAA history (387), parlaying them into 4,541 yards (11.7 YPR) and 35 TDs. A pedestrian athlete, Hardy ran 4.56 at the Combine with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-6 broad jump. He does have big hands (10") and an excellent three-cone time (6.63). A quicker-than-fast chain mover, Hardy projects as a slot receiver only in the pros. He doesn't have the skill set to win on the perimeter.
May 2 - 12:33 PM

An anonymous NFL scout compared East Carolina QB Shane Carden to Brett Favre.

No, seriously. "He reminds me of Favre," the scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's got some swagger. Really good leadership ability. His physical skill is OK. Some quarterback coach is going to love him because of what's in his heart and between his ears (Wonderlic of 25)." Carden has Favre's size, looks similar facially, and shares the gun slinger's mentality. Unfortunately, he doesn't have his howitzer. "I like his mind," said another scout. "Physically, I don't think he's going to have the arm."
Apr 29 - 2:06 PM

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."
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'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

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