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Ka'Deem Carey | Running Back

Team: Arizona Wildcats
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 197

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Bears selected Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey with the No. 117 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
The Bears finally have someone who can competently spell Matt Forte. Carey (5-foot-9 3/8, 207) was a workhorse in Rich Rodriguez's option attack, topping 300 carries in each of his final two seasons en route to 42 rushing TDs and a 5.85 YPC average. He caught 77 passes across three years, and has soft hands in the passing game. We liked Carey's slashing style and inside-run skills on tape, but he ran 4.70 at the Combine and has off-field concerns. While Carey looked like a possible NFL starter when we studied him, there are obvious red flags. He's not overwhelmingly explosive, and is on the smaller side for a feature back. All that being said, he's a potential future starter behind a 28-year-old Forte in Marc Trestman's offense. May 10 - 1:00 PM

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Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey finished as the No. 11 RB prospect in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's poll of NFL scouts.

The newspaper asked 18 scouts to rank the top five RBs in the class, with first-place receiving five points, and a fifth-place vote earning one point. Carey barely made the list, earning two points, falling behind RBs such as Storm Johnson and Charles Sims. "He's a power guy," one scout said. "He's got vision. He runs inside pretty well. He's got some off-the-field stuff that you need to check into." Apparently that was a reference to Carey's ejection from a campus basketball game in January 2013 following an altercation. "Then he verified his lack of speed at the workout," another scout said. "I just didn't think he had that extra spurt. That offense really helped him a lot." Carey scored just a 9 on the Wonderlic. The 5-foot-10, 207-pounder declared early for the draft, but he's not assured of being selected.
May 4 - 11:06 PM

ESPN's Louis Riddick writes that evaluators should keep Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey's poor measureables "in perspective."

"If only every RB tried to finish every run like Ka'Deem Carey tries to finish his. You better bring it when you square up on this kid," Riddick tweeted. "Carey [is] a prime recent example of how the combine can fool you [and] mess with you if you don't keep it in perspective." Carey ran forty times of 4.68 and 4.69 seconds at the school's pro day, barely improving upon his ugly 4.70 second time at the combine. If you can forget about that, however, you see a potential diamond. Carey has been one of the most dangerous players in the Pac 12 the past two seasons, rushing for 3,814 yards and 42 touchdowns. The 5-foot-10, 207-pounder didn't rush for less than 119 yards in a game last season.
Apr 19 - 4:55 PM

NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey "will be a standout running back in the NFL."

"Ka'Deem Carey will be a standout running back in the NFL despite his poor performance in the 40 in workouts. Although he is not an elite athlete, Carey is the most natural runner in the draft. He exhibits outstanding vision, balance and body control with the ball in his hands, yet is a violent runner who consistently runs through contact to fall forward at the end of runs," Brooks wrote. While evaluators may be disappointed with Carey's elite speed, Brooks points to Carey's "character concerns possibly playing a role in his ranking on some boards." Given the fact that Carey was highly productive at Arizona, it's highly likely one team may fall in in love with Carey's talents and draft him in the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 9 - 9:56 PM

NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey has the "potential to thrive" as a primary runner.

"If I had to point out one guy to watch moving forward, I would suggest keeping an eye on Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, Brooks wrote. The Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year put up solid numbers from 2012-2013 rushing for 3,814 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns. Brooks notes that Carey's "relentless running style" is "ideal for the pro game." While many evaluators were disappointed in Carey's recent forty times (4.68 and 4.69),Carey still possess good instincts, burst and vision in the open field to be successful at the next level. Look for Carey's name to be called in the second round of the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 12:00 PM

Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey ran forty times of 4.68 and 4.69 seconds at the school's pro day.

Carey barely improved his Combine time of 4.70 seconds, a number many were disappointed in. Apparently he worked with the wide receivers during his pro day workout, but teams have plenty of tape to look at Carey as a ball carrier.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 7 - 8:59 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks thinks Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey must dominate his pro day after running a highly-disappointing 4.7 forty at the NFL Combine.

Carey has been one of the most dangerous players in the Pac-10 and collected 22 100-yard games over the past two seasons. After his mediocre combine, however, some scouts have begun wondering if Carey was merely a benefactor of Rich Rodriguez's RB-friendly spread offense. "To alter that perception, Carey must show natural running skills in drills," Brooks wrote. "If he can show better quickness and burst in positional drills while recording a better 40 time, Carey could salvage his reputation as one of the top running backs in the 2014 class."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 6:29 PM

Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey will fully participate in the NFL Combine.

Carey added he currently weighs in at 207 pounds despite some listing him under 200. The Arizona running back is a favorite of Rotoworld's Evan Silva and produced at a high level the last two seasons. He has displayed the ability to break tackles between the tackles and evade defenders in space.
Feb 18 - 8:27 AM

Arizona junior RB Ka'Deem Carey will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

The school announced his decision on Monday. Carey didn't have much else to prove at the collegiate level after he rushed for 3,814 yards and 42 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Carey didn't rush for less than 119 yards in a game this past season; the 5-foot-10, 207-pounder finishes his collegiate career having rushed for 100 yards in 16 consecutive games. CBS Sports ranks Carey as the draft's best running back and predicts that he'll be selected in the second round (the Wildcat star reportedly received a second-round grade from the NFL's Draft Advisory Board). Because of Carey's ridiculous explosiveness and athleticism, we've often compared him to Eagles star Shady McCoy.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 13 - 3:30 PM

Arizona junior RB Ka'Deem Carey is leaning toward entering the 2014 NFL Draft, reports Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports.

Getlin passes along that Carey has received a second-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. If he indeed declares, the 5-foot-10, 207-pounder will have finished his collegiate career with 16 consecutive 100 yard games. Carey told reporters last month that he'd probably declare for the draft if he receives a first- or second-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. The junior is shiftier than a cheap lawyer and has drawn comparisons to Bengals rookie Gio Bernard and Eagles star Shady McCoy.
Jan 3 - 11:36 PM

Arizona junior RB Ka'Deem Carey carried 27 times for 169 yards and two touchdowns in Tuesday's 42-19 victory over Boston College in the Advocare V100 Bowl.

The 5-foot-10, 207-pound Carey has topped 100 yards in 16 straight games. The junior told reporters earlier this month that he'd probably declare for the draft if he receives a first- or second-round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board. Carey is shifty in space and runs bigger than his size.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 11:25:00 PM

Arizona junior RB Ka'Deem Carey told reporters a top two round projection form the NFL Draft Advisory Board would be tough to pass up.

"There are a lot of things boiling in the pot that affect my decision," Carey told reporters. Last year's leading rusher offers ball carrying and receiving ability, but he might be a fringe top two round talent. It might be wise for all of the draft-eligible running backs to declare in order to get ahead of next year's loaded group.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 10:05:00 AM

Arizona junior RB Ka'Deem Carey took 48 carries for 208 yards and four touchdowns in the school's 42-16 win over Oregon.

Carey and Arizona's offensive line pounded away Oregon's defensive front, picking up chunk after chunk in this game. Stanford did the same a few weeks ago. Carey has some shiftiness in space and runs bigger than others his size.
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 07:08:00 PM

Arizona junior RB Ka'Deem Carey carried 23 times for 119 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 44-20 victory over Colorado.

He added three catches for 12 receiving yards. Carey, who rushed for 1,929 yards and 23 touchdowns in 13 games last season, has exceeded 100 yards in every contest in 2013 (he missed the opener).
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 12:02:00 AM

Arizona junior RB Ka'Deem Carey carried 21 times for 138 yards in Thursday's loss to USC.

Arizona's offense couldn't keep pace with USC (the Wildcats never led), but that was hardly Carey's fault. Carey rushed for 1,929 yards and 23 touchdowns in 13 games last season. He missed the opener due to suspension but has rushed for more than 125 yards in all four games he's played in. Carey possesses great shiftiness and has drawn comparisons to Bengals rookie Gio Bernard and Eagles star Shady McCoy.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 02:01:00 AM