School: East Carolina
Combine measurements: 6-foot-2, 218 pounds.
Combine stats: 40: 4.94 seconds. Vertical: 29.5 inches. Broad jump: 8 feet, 8 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.17 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.45 seconds.
Career stats: 39 games, 1,052 of 1,579 (66.6 completion percentage), 11,991 yards, 86 TDs, 30 INTs.
Draft projection: Fifth-sixth round.
Lowdown: The American Athletic Conference Player of the Year led the NCAA in attempts in 2014, with 617. Carden completed 392 for 4,736 yards and 30 touchdowns. He was a semifinalist for both the Davey O’Brien and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose awards, and leaves the Pirates as their all-time leader in completions, attempts, touchdowns, passing yards and total offense (12,244 yards). … Worked out of shotgun, spread offense that didn’t ask him to make many throws down the field. … Has below-average arm strength and a tendency to put too much air underneath the ball.
They said it: “He carries himself like a veteran and understands situations, but his lack of ideal athleticism and arm strength limit him when initial read isn’t there. When he’s forced to evade pocket, lacks arm to consistently make off-balance throws.” – Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com
– Jay Skurski
The Buffalo News is profiling 45 prospects in 45 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 30.