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Bengals attend ECU Pro Day, likely for Justin Hardy

Shane Carden and Justin Hardy were the two guys to watch at East Carolina University's Pro Day.

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The Bengals were among all 32 NFL clubs at East Carolina's Pro Day on Thursday.

As mentioned earlier, adding another receiver would be ideal at some point in Round 3 or later, and Justin Hardy was one of the best in college over his career. In fact, Hardy is the FBS' all-time leader in receptions (387), but he's not someone the Bengals would have to spend a high pick on.

The 5-10, 190-pounder runs in the 4.4s in the 40-yard dash, and he can beat defenders in a variety of ways. Hardy finished his college career with 387 catches for 4,541 yards (11.7 avg) and 35 scores in the Pirates' air-raid offense. He's projected to go within the first 100 picks of this year's draft, and the Bengals just so happen to have four top-100 picks.

While Hardy was the main attraction, the man throwing Hardy all those passes could also be someone the Bengals eye. After all, with reports the Bengals are prepared to go with AJ McCarron as Andy Dalton's backup, adding a late-round QB like Shane Carden could be an option.

This past season, Carden completed 392-of-617 passes for 4,736 yards (63.5%) and 30 scores vs. 10 picks. He's expected to go somewhere in the sixth or seventh round. Because he played in an air-raid style offense, it will take him at least one year to adjust to the pro game before he's even a competent backup, thus, an option for Cincinnati if they want to get a guy to develop behind Dalton and McCarron.