Ka'Deem Carey NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Bears RB

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Ka'Deem Carey NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Bears RB
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Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona (HT: 5'9⅜", WT: 207 lbs.) 

Chicago Bears

Fourth Round: 117th Pick

NFL Comparison: Zac Stacy, RB, St. Louis Rams

Combine Weigh-in
Height Weight Arm Hand
5093 207 31 3/4" 9 1/2"


Combine Workout
40-yd dash 10-yd split Vert Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
4.70 1.59 32.5" 9'7" 7.08 4.38



  • Good cutback runner, demonstrates quick reflexes and lateral agility
  • Three-down running back who offers value in the passing game. A solid receiver and blocker
  • Fairly elusive, changes speeds well and can make defenders miss in space
  • Impressive balance, a resilient runner who breaks tackles
  • Soft hands out of the backfield, contributes as a receiver. Shows the ability to track the ball and make plays outside of his frame. Very good catch radius
  • Shows some burst, puts his foot the ground and explodes through the hole
  • Almost always falls forward, twists and keeps his legs churning to gain extra yardage. Strong lower body and leg drive help him to generate yards after contact
  • Vision allows him to pick out holes and find cutback lanes
  • Possesses nimble feet and shows some wiggle, keeping defenders guessing in the open field
  • Willing and capable pass protector. Displays a physical streak as a blocker and picks up blocks in space
  • Not the most powerful, but finishes runs. A tough, high-effort runner who gives it his all
  • Good size for an NFL running back, listed at 5’10” and 207 pounds
  • Has been durable to date, not missing any time to injury despite heavy workload
  • Was one of college football’s most productive running backs the past two seasons. Ran for 100 yards or more in 16 straight games to cap his highly decorated Arizona career
  • Has special teams experience. Served as a kick returner in 2011



  • Not a dynamic or electric back, more of a move-the-chains type than a home run hitter
  • Lacks breakaway speed, can be caught from behind. His poor timed speed at the Combine could potentially damage his draft stock
  • Can be too hesitant. Occasionally guilty of dancing in the backfield and losing yards
  • Average acceleration, does not have the extra gear to pull away
  • Could improve his pad level, has a bit of an upright running style
  • Not an especially powerful or bruising runner
  • On the light side for an NFL feature back, will need to continue to add muscle at the next level
  • A well-rounded running back, but he is not exceptional in any one area
  • Ball security is an issue, must eliminate fumbles
  • Has improved pass protection, but blitz recognition and technique leaves something to be desired at times
  • Maturity may be a question after having been suspended for the 2013 season opener 


Rushing Statistics
Year Team Car Yds Avg TD
2011 Arizona 91 425 4.7 6
2012 Arizona 303 1,929 6.4 23
2013 Arizona 349 1,885 5.4 19


Receiving Statistics
Year Team Rec Yds Avg TD
2011 Arizona 15 203 13.5 2
2012 Arizona 36 303 8.4 1
2013 Arizona 26 173 6.7 1



Personal Notes

  • First-team All-American 2013
  • First-team All-Pac 12 2013
  • Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year 2013
  • Was charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct stemming from a December 2012 incident involving his then-pregnant ex-girlfriend, but charges were dropped in June 2013
  • Served a one-game suspension at the start of the 2013 season
  • First-team All-American 2012
  • First-team All-Pac-12 2012


Ratings Chart




One of college football’s most productive running backs over the past two years, Ka’Deem Carey made the decision to forgo his senior season. He is a solid, well-rounded player who can play three downs, but he lacks any extraordinary attributes. Blessed with agility, vision and balance, he has a chance to be a feature back at the next level despite a lack of ideal speed. 


Draft Projection: Third-Fourth Round

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