Scouting the RBs: Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona

carey1Not many running backs will enter the 2014 NFL Draft with as much production as that which the Arizona Wildcats’ Ka’Deem Carey has enjoyed over the last two years as a starter.  He’s churned out 3,645 yards and 40 TDs during that time, and has put together a reel of film that will allow NFL talent evaluators plenty of reps to check out.

Carey’s 2013 season didn’t start as well as he would have hoped, as an alleged domestic violence and other off-field altercations led to his suspension for the opening game.  Since his return, there simply hasn’t been many running backs that have managed to keep up with his pace.

But production doesn’t always speak to success in the pros.  And in the case of Ka’Deem Carey, his numbers tell only part of the story.

The following is FRG Scouting’s analysis of Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona.

NAME:          Ka’Deem Carey
Pos:                Running Back
HT:                 5’10”
WT:                207lbs
40:                  4.60 (est)

Strengths:          Vision, Hands, Toughness
Weaknesses:      Quickness, Long Speed, Feet

Ka’Deem Carey is an average-sized player for the position who presents with a lean-looking frame…Possesses adequate vision and quickly identifies the proper running lane…A willing inside-runner who doesn’t shy away from contact; will lower his shoulder and challenge the defender…On outside running plays, Carey shows the patience to let his blocks develop and the vision to make the right cut…On the second level, Carey possesses enough athletic ability to challenge the defender, even if he’s not a long run threat…A coordinated receiver who can secure the ball while still heading upfield…Tough and physical in pass protection; can deliver a jolt on contact and stun the oncoming rusher.

Carey possesses average foot quickness, leading to concerns about his ability to make plays on the next level…Does not possess the burst needed to get through the hole in a hurry…lacks the wiggle and coordinated footwork needed to consistently make a man miss…While a willing and tough inside runner, lacks the power needed to translate to short-yardage conversions in the NFL…Does not possess the speed required to break long runs in the NFL.

On the next level, Ka’Deem Carey projects as a backup running back whose experience and toughness will earn him a role on the active roster.  Carey is not the kind of game-changing or clock-grinding running back that a team will invest a high draft choice on.  He has maximized his skill-set on the college level and will provide nice depth to a roster in the NFL, but he won’t evolve into a franchise back or long-term starter.  While Carey has been one of the most productive running backs for the last two years, his game simply doesn’t suggest high-level success in the NFL.

GRADE:  6.0 (5th round)

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