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2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Justin Hardy

Justin Hardy Player Profile
Date & Time Thursday April 16, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)
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NFL | Justin Hardy Player Profile

Justin Hardy

School: East Carolina Pirates

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 192

Position: Wide Receiver

Career Stats: 387 receptions, 4,541 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns.

Strengths: Justin Hardy may have the best hands of any receiver in this draft, as he’s made one-handed catches look easy. Hardy isn’t afraid to get dirty in the blocking department. Hardy also knows where the chains are and majority of his receptions last season picked up a first down. Hardy has a high football IQ and was one of the more productive receivers in the history of college football. Justin Hardy is a guy who had to work for everything, so he plays with an edge and is a leader on and off the field. Hardy is an extremely competitive receiver and isn’t afraid to go across the middle despite such a small frame. Hardy also has no real injury history despite being the Pirates bread and butter for four seasons.

Weaknesses: Justin Hardy isn’t the most athletic receiver in this class and is extremely small for the position. I question if he’ll be able to create consistent separation against bigger defenders in the NFL. Hardy has to add weight to his upper-body. Hardy also has a limited route tree at East Carolina and will have to be a little more versatile at the next level.

Projection: There’s a place for Justin Hardy in the NFL because the kid catches everything and plays with a fire that can’t be put out. I just question his size and overall playmaking ability against better comp. Still, Hardy is worth a pick beginning in the fourth round.

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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