Falcons add receiver Justin Hardy

The Falcons started day three of the NFL Draft with another offensive weapon.

With Harry Douglas gone, the Falcons needed another wide receiver. They got their man Saturday with their fourth round pick with the selection of East Carolina wide receiver Justin Hardy.

Hardy will likely become quarterback Matt Ryan’s third option behind Julio Jones and Roddy White. He is 5-10 and 192 pounds. He had a 4.56 40-yard dash at the Combine and a 4.4 40-yard dash at his Pro Day at East Carolina.

Hardy had 387 catches in his 49 games with the Pirates, with 4,541 yards and 35 touchdowns. He has the FBS record as the all-time leader in catches. That’s not a bad career for someone who was a walk-on out of West Craven High School in Vanceboro, North Carolina.

The 23-year-old Hardy had some trouble at the Senior Bowl practices with drops, which was a surprise considering his reputation of having good hands. But the Falcons obviously believe he can be an option for the offense.

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