NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Arizona RB Ka’Deem Carey
|03.19.14 at 6:34 pm ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Running back
Weight: 207 pounds
Achievements: 2013, 2012 consensus All-America, 2013 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, 2013, 2012 first-team All-Pac-12
What he brings: Carey is a strong back who can churn out yards, isn’t afraid to take contact and has good vision. His performance doesn’t suffer as his carries rise throughout a game. Many scouts are worried about his lack of speed, evidenced by his 4.7 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. He has solid hands but isn’t considered a receiving back. There are concerns about Carey’s character, based in part on a run-in with the law in late 2012.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 2
Notes: Carey, 21, was born in Arizona and has lived there his entire life. In late December 2012, Carey was charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct after an incident involving his ex-girlfriend. Carey pleaded not guilty the following month, and in June 2013 the charges were dropped. Arizona suspended Carey for the first game of the 2013 season. Despite missing that game, Carey ran for 1,885 yards and 19 touchdowns on 349 carries for 5.4 yards per carry as a junior in 2013. Carey’s numbers were better in 2012, as he rushed for 1,929 yards and 23 touchdowns on 303 carries for a 6.4 average per carry.
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Video: Here are Carey’s 2013 highlights with Arizona.