Arizona Wildcats football: 'It's all such a blur' for Carey after RB taken by Bears in 4th round of NFL draft

2014-05-10T10:04:00Z 2014-05-10T14:20:38Z Arizona Wildcats football: 'It's all such a blur' for Carey after RB taken by Bears in 4th round of NFL draftDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Ka’Deem Carey is off the board — finally.

Carey was taken in the fourth round of the NFL draft this morning by the Chicago Bears with the 117th overall pick.

"It's all such a blur," Carey said shortly after being picked. "I'm just walking around with a big smile. I don't know what's going on. I get to start my dream job this week. I've been waiting to say this for so long: I am an NFL player."

Carey is the first Arizona player to be drafted since the Cleveland Browns took cornerback Trevin Wade in the seventh round of the 2012 draft.  It was a drought that spanned 379 picks over three drafts.

After spending Friday night at Fox and Hound Sports Tavern for a draft party, Carey retreated to a relative’s house Saturday morning for the remainder of the draft. The Bears tried calling Carey before the pick, but his phone never rang.

"I guess I had bad service," Carey said laughing. "My mom just said 'typical Ka'Deem,'"

Carey was on the floor, playing Dominoes with a few friends when his named popped up on the NFL Network.

He stood up and hugged several family members to loud cheers.

Carey will report for rookie mini-camp on Thursday.

"I've never been to Chicago, never driven through Chicago, never flown through Chicago, nothing," Carey said. "I can't wait to get there."

His college coach, Rich Rodriguez, said he was driving to his office at the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility when he got an alert on his phone that Carey was picked.

"I'm thrilled for him," Rodriguez said. "He deserves it."

Carey had a private workout for the Bears at the UA last week and said it went well. 

"I was money that day," Carey said. "They said they really liked me after that so I was watching the Bears closely the whole draft."

Carey said he also worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars and thought they could possibly pick him.

Cornerback Shaq Richardson was picked one round later by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 157th overall pick. Linebacker Marquis Flowers could also be a late-round pick. If he isn't drafted, Flowers is a candidate to sign rookie free agent contract shortly after the draft.

Wide receiver Terrence Miller, defensive tackle Sione Tuihalamaka and quarterback B.J. Denker could also sign either free agent contracts or mini-camp tryout contracts, too.

For more on the draft, check back to StarNet later in the day as well as Sunday’s Star.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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