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Notes, Quotes and Video from East Carolina Pro Day

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  • Rain put a damper on East Carolina’s Pro Day, where the Pirates’ prospects and scouts from all 32 NFL teams had to wait out late morning showers before they could go through drills outdoors.
  • WR Justin Hardy, who ran a 4.56 40-yard dash at last month’s combine, said he was told he put down a 4.4 on Thursday. Even if that time is correct, it came on an indoor track, so scouts will likely tack on at least an extra tenth of a second.
  • Hardy, a Vanceboro, N.C. native who broke the FBS record for most career receptions, has a handful of private workouts lined up. The Panthers are one of the teams who have contacted Hardy to get a closer look.
  • Hardy impressed in pass catching drills, making a number of leaping grabs. He had a familiar quarterback: Shane Carden, who was ECU’s starter the last three seasons.
  • Carden started his pre-draft process training with former Panthers quarterback Chris Weinke at IMG Academy in Florida. But after Weinke took a job with the Rams last month, Carden switched to another IMG coach, and another former Panthers quarterback, Vinny Testaverde.

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Hardy on criticism that he’s just a system receiver:

“Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I know what I can do, and people know what I can do. Numbers don’t lie, so I’ll leave it at that.”

Hardy on Thursday’s wet conditions:

“This day is to showcase what you can do at your best ability. With the rain here, you’re not really going to get a chance to do that.”

Testaverde on Carden:

“I know he’ll go out and show his accuracy, his power, his arm strength, and his overall ability to throw the football like an NFL quarterback does, and look like one. Not the quarterback that was playing here with the awkward-looking delivery, if you will.”

Testaverde on how much draft training has changed since he was drafted in 1987:

“When I ran my 40, two days before I had our strength coach show me how to do a 40 start. So I worked on it for a day. Went to the combine, ran the 40, so we didn’t have all that specific training.”

Testaverde on what he ran that 40-yard dash in:

“I think a 4.72 or something. Not too bad. Maybe I would have run a 4.71 if I would’ve learned how to do it earlier (laughs).”

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