Ka'Deem Carey, RB

School: Arizona  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 207 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.692.621.5819 32 1/29'7"4.387.08

Player Overview

For the first time in 50 years, a first round of the NFL draft elapsed without a running back being selected. If there is a back capable of reversing the new trend established in 2013, it might be Carey, whose production and all-around game projects quite well to the next level.

Carey caught the attention of the Wildcats' coaching staff with a strong performance as a true freshman, rushing for 425 yards and leading the club with six touchdowns. It hardly foreshadowed the success he'd enjoy over his final two seasons in Tucson, however, as Carey led the nation with an average of 148.38 yards per game in 2012 and actually improved upon that total as junior (157.1), despite finishing second to Boston College's Andre Williams (167.5) for the nation's rushing title. Amassing 3,814 rushing yards and 42 rushing touchdowns the last two seasons -- along with 476 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver - is impressive, especially considering the physical and athletic defenses in the Pac-12, as well as the fact that the Wildcats complemented Carey with first-year starting quarterbacks in 2012 and 2013.

Whether a general manager ultimately elects to invest a first round pick in Carey or any other running back is more of a statement about the dwindling role runners have in the increasingly pass-happy NFL. While perhaps lacking elite top-end speed, Carey otherwise provides strong grades in virtually every other category necessary towards emerging as a franchise back in the NFL.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Muscled-up athlete with good instincts, light feet, good leg drive and the determination to handle a featured role as a team's primary runner in the NFL. Good recognition of the hole, showing the burst to and through gaps to take advantage when the avenue is clear. Also possesses the vision to recognize cut-back lanes and the jump-cut ability to quickly re-direct. Accelerates smoothly, showing enough speed to break into open field for long-gains. Sets up safeties with subtle shoulder-fakes to make defenders miss while operating at full-speed. Became a much tougher, more determined runner in 2013, taking on would-be tacklers with a full head of steam and driving his legs through contact. Repeatedly lunges forward, spinning as necessary to fight through hits and generate impressive yards after the contact. Recognizes where the sticks are and shows rare determination in fighting to reach the marker. Improved maturity is also evident in his pass protection, where Carey ranks among the best in the class. Good awareness to locate blitzing defenders. Squares his shoulders and delivers a forceful blow or effective cut-block. Possesses soft hands to gather in passes and secures the ball quickly.

WEAKNESSES: While Carey's determined running is commendable he has to know when to go down, too often exposing himself and the ball to unnecessary hits by lunging forward and too often leaving his feet. Does not possess elite breakaway speed. Success comes in Rich Rodriguez's offense which has led to others enjoying great success that hasn't translated into NFL production... NFL teams will want to do a thorough investigation into Carey's character after several reported run-ins with authorities during his collegiate career. The most well-documented of them was a disorderly conduct and assault charge against his ex-girlfriend (who was pregnant at the time), which ultimately was dropped.

COMPARES TO: Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts - Recurring injuries have robbed Bradshaw (5-10, 215) of a once-promising career and it is important to note that Carey did not miss a game due to injury at Arizona. Further, Carey possesses more lateral agility and "wow" potential than Bradshaw. However, it was the physicality and grit with which he ran in 2013 that have become trademark traits for the former Wildcat. Bradshaw showed plenty of both (as well as reliability on third down) which helped him star as the leading rusher on two separate runs to the Super Bowl by the New York Giants.

--Rob Rang

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05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: CHICAGO BEARS: Round 4/117 -- Ka'Deem Carey, RB, 5-10, 207, Arizona...A hard runner who lacks breakaway speed but was extremely durable and productive, Carey was the Pac-12 offensive player of the year in 2013 with 1,885 yards on 349 carries. He finished four years with 4,239 yards on 743 carries, averaging 5.7 yards. He will fit in as Matt Forte's backup and possibly will get short-yardage assignments. It was the role Michael Bush had last year before being cut for salary-cap purposes. - The Sports Xchange


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