WR JUSTIN HARDY, EAST CAROLINA

WR #2 JUSTIN HARDY, EAST CAROLINA

6’0” – 188 lbs. – 4.50e

Played in a spread offense which called for him to line up both on and off the line of scrimmage, on the outside and, more frequently, in the slot. Highly-productive three-year starter with escalating numbers. Has the size to play either in the slot or as a flanker in a pro offense. Fluid movement skills with adequate top-end speed. Has the leaping ability and body control to make acrobatic catches; could offer value on fade routes in the end zone. Runs a diverse route tree, including some whip routes and other patterns including double moves; however, much of his production came on short, quick throws such as out routes and screens. Generally a reliable receiver, with the occasional drop; capable of making highlight-reel grabs. Has a wide catch radius and adjusts well to poorly-thrown balls. Tough, energetic player who is not afraid to work the middle of the field; can come down with contested catches. Has enough shake to make the first man miss, but doesn’t do so on a consistent basis; hard runner who sacrifices his body to make a catch. Has been effective as a punt returner. Gets good leverage and demonstrates active footwork as a blocker, which should enhance his value as a potential slot option; on occasion, flashes the killer instinct to dominate opponents. Blocking ability appears as though it will translate to the next level, but looks a bit thinner than his listed weight and may need to add some additional bulk, especially in order to stay healthy working over the middle. Production has been somewhat inflated by playing in the slot in a spread offense. May not be a true deep threat at the next level; won’t necessarily be limited to short and intermediate routes, but didn’t gain much separation downfield in college and appears best-suited to run the same types of routes he has executed at East Carolina. The type of prospect whose passionate play, football intelligence, and versatility should endear him to a coaching staff; may never develop into a team’s top option but has adequate height, bulk, and speed, long arms, soft hands, and impressive body control and could realistically project as a potential outside or inside receiver.

Games watched: North Carolina (’13), Southern Mississippi (’13), Virginia Tech (’13)

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