Let’s face it; we’re probably watching the final games of Ka’Deem Carey’s Arizona Wildcats career.
Carey is eligible to declare for the NFL draft after this season. And while the junior hasn’t said whether he has any intention to do so, it seems pretty likely.
Carey led the nation in rushing last season with 1,929 yards and is leading the country this year with 160.2 rushing yards per game.
We checked in with Matt Miller, the lead NFL draft writer for Bleacher Report, to learn more about Carey’s draft prospects.
Miller has ranked Carey as his third-best draft-eligible running back for 2014, behind Arizona State senior Marion Grice and Baylor junior Lache Seastrunk.
Here’s what Miller had to say about Carey:
On his overall evaluation of Carey: “I like Ka’Deem Carey. First off, he’s productive and that’s huge. So many backs have all the skills, but it doesn’t translate into production. He passes the eyeball test in terms of what he gets done on a football field. He’s not the biggest guy, but I think he runs with a lot of power. He can be dangerous in the open field and can make some people miss. He’s almost like a LeSean McCoy (of the Philadelphia Eagles) because he causes so many missed tackles.”
On his concerns about Carey: “The big one is how well is he going to make people miss tackles at the next level, where everyone is super athletic. The Pac-12 is one thing; the NFL is another. That’s the key thing. Also, what his timed speed is going to be is going to be interesting. He’s not the fastest guy. He runs a little upright, which makes you susceptible to some big hits.”
On the fact that Carey doesn’t have breakaway speed like other backs: “I think it keeps him down the ladder a little bit. It won’t make him undraftable or anything, but it just won’t make him as appealable as some others like Seastrunk and Grice.”
On Carey’s draft stock: “I’m currently re-doing my rankings, but I have Grice No. 1, Seastrunk No. 2 and then Carey. I have him in that early second-round range; the top 50 picks. I think it becomes a matter of preference. Do you want a guy like Grice, who is really good in the red zone and can catch the ball? Do you want a guy like Seastrunk who is a burner? Carey is probably more of that prototypical NFL back. Three to four years ago, every NFL team wanted a guy like him. It’s changed a bit since then.”
On other Arizona prospects that intrigue him: “I’ve got (cornerback) Shaq Richardson as a late-round grade. He could be a fifth, sixth (or) seventh-round pick. He’s got good size and can hit a little bit. He’s the type of guy teams like Seattle, Jacksonville and Kansas City like. He’s a draftable guy. Outside linebacker Marquis Flowers is another guy. I have a late-round grade on him. Those are the types of guys I will check out later in the year.”