Arizona quarterback Matt Scott (10) hands off to running back Ka'Deem Carey (25) during the second half of their NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif. UCLA won 66-10. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Jason Redmond

The 2013 NFL draft is three days old, but it's never too early to look ahead to 2014.

The UA was shut out of this year's draft, but that's almost certain to change next year thanks to RB Ka'Deem Carey.

Carey is considered one of the top RB prospects in the 2014 class and not only should he hear his name called next year in New York City, he should hear it early.

Various mock drafts are starting to trickle out this week and Carey's name is a popular one. Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke published his mock draft today  and didn't include Carey-or any running back-in the first round. 

He did, however, mention the UA back. 

"You also might notice that, again, there is no running back in Round 1," Burke wrote. "That's not a mistake. The 2014 RB class resembles this year's -- there is depth, with players like Lache Seastrunk, Damien Williams, Ka'Deem Carey and others capable of dominating at the collegiate level this year; but there does not appear to be a Trent Richardson or Adrian Peterson that teams will be desperate to take early." 

Other mocks have the former Canyon del Oro High School star in the first round. has Carey going in the first round, No. 20 overall, to the Atlanta Falcons. Bleacher Report also has Carey as a first-round pick, going No. 18 overall to the St. Louis Rams.

Pete Prisco of published his mock today and like Sports Illustrated, left Carey out of the first round and a "just missed the cut" list. 

Carey is coming along at a dangerous time for running backs in the NFL. The  position was shut out of the first round this year for the first time since 1963, according to What's more, is just four RBs have been taken in the first round over the pat three years. In the three-year stretch before that, a total of 11 were taken in the first. 

Of course, a ton will change before the draft actually comes around next April. This time last year, USC's Matt Barkley and West Virginia's Geno Smith were considered top-10 picks and then were left out of the first round all together last week. 

But it will be fun to watch.