Justin Hardy 6-1 188 Sr Wr East Carolina
He has had a highly productive career with the Pirates. He has topped the 1000 yard recovering mark each oft he last 3 seasons. He has caught over 100 passes each of the last 2 seasons as well.
He has a lean athletic frame. He shows the ability to got off the line and create separation on short to intermediate routes with his short area quickness. At times he rounds off routes a bit. He is able to make quick cuts and create separation in and out of his routes. He is able to find the soft spots in zone coverage as well. After the catch he is a threat to make a defender miss and gain yardage after the catch. He has very good acceleration and reaches top speed quickly. He can stretch the field as well, but doesn’t always get a lot of separation deep, he relies more on his ball skills and body control at times when stretching the field.
He has pretty reliable hands overall. He uses his hands to reach out and snag the ball out of the air no matter where it is thrown. He does a good job of coming back to the ball and shielding the defender with his body to make the play. He did drop a few routine type passes, but overall was very consistant.
He has tremendous ball skills. He has the ability to locate , adjust, and reel in the pass. He is able to do this with a defender draped al over him as well. He does not shy away from contact. He can adjust to balls outside of his frame and has a wide catch radius.
He is a good blocker for his position. He is a willing blocker on the edges and shows the abilit to block downfield and open up lanes. Needs to be a little more consistent with his blocking techniques.
He may not have the fastest 40 time Around, but his short area quickness and acceleration are very good. He is not afraid of going over the middle or making contact and shows good versatility as well. He is not going to post the fastest combine 40 time , but should perform very well At the Senior Bowl. Overall, he is a very good receiver prospect. He should come off the board somewhere in the 3rd round.