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We have spent alot of time talking about our defensive upgrades. I think that we will be much improved on D this year, but not the elite powerhouse that some might expect. I still think that there are holes in the defense, mainly at MLB and FS. But we should be a much better team on that side of the ball.

An under-rated aspect of the draft though is the youth infusion we got in our talent positions. Tevin Coleman has been the main object of praise and rightfully so. We are moving to a zone blocking concept and his one cut talents are ideally suited. Plus 2,000+ yds, and 15 TDs is undeniable.

The true under-the-radar pick was that of the all-time NCAA leader in receptions, ECU's own Justin Hardy. Now admittedly I didn't know much about him until we selected him. I'd heard of him, but never really did any checking up on the guy until we drafted him. But I have to say, once I did I was blown away. This guy is a football player in every sense of the word. He's tough and goes after the ball. He makes the tough catches. One handed catches, Sideline catches. He gets YAC with ease. He can play inside or outside. And once I saw the hit he laid on that CB from UNC I was sold. This guy will have a really positive impact this year. He is sure handed as evidenced by his setting the NCAA record for receptions. I'm excited to see this guy play. If you haven't checked him out please go see some of the guys highlights yourself. I'm calling him as pushing Roddy for second in yards this season.

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His biggest contribution may be in the red area. HD was never a guy who got a lot of TD's. Hardy definitely has more potential in that aspect. He has shown he can catch the fade routes and make the tough catches with defenders draped all over him. That is what i'm most excited to see from him.

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In 2013 Harry Douglas had a 1000+ yard season in the NFL. Before he tore his ACL the reports out of training camp was he looked the best receiver on the roster.

Justin Hardy is a very promising player but the NFL is another level and let's see how he adjust before claiming he is an immediate upgrade over an established player.

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In 2013 Harry Douglas had a 1000+ yard season in the NFL. Before he tore his ACL the reports out of training camp was he looked the best receiver on the roster.

Justin Hardy is a very promising player but the NFL is another level and let's see how he adjust before claiming he is an immediate upgrade over an established player.

I will defend most any player readily, but HD simply was the bare minimum of what you want at slot receiver, imo.

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Time will tell, an established pro,isn't always that easily upgraded. Not like HD was Darous Johnson.wasn't a fan of He either but he still contributed and had chemistry with Ryan.

You're right. Lest we forget that that established pro tripped over his own feet and fell in the NFC Championship game. He also failed to get more than 2 TDs when we needed them. He's good, but Hardy can be better. That's just the point.

HD has proven time and time again that he can't give us the play we need when the game is on the line. He can fool some of you with that 1,000 yd season he had. But truth is on that many targets he should have had more yards and FAR more TDs. He's maxed out as a player. I think Hardy can come in right now and give us what HD did last year. And going forward he can be a potential replacement for Roddy. He's that good.

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I will defend most any player readily, but HD simply was the bare minimum of what you want at slot receiver, imo.

My point is not that Justin Hardy cannot be an upgrade it's just not a forgone conclusion as one poster said time will tell.

I posted HD's 2013 highlights which show he definitely is more than the bare minimum.

For the money he was making it makes sense to go with a cheaper younger option. I have watched the Falcons for a long time and I recall when HD was more sure handed than Roddy.

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