Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey is trying to decide whether he should declare for the NFL Draft this year or stay for his senior year. Carey submitted to have the NFL Draft Advisory Board give him a reading on where he might go in this year’s draft and he told reporters that he received a top 2 round projection. After missing the game against Northern Arizona, Carey went on an incredible tear with consistency every week. Carey was actually more productive in raw numbers last season, but he was better week to week this season.
In the 11 games the Wildcats have played, Carey’s low rushing total was 119. Carey had 5 games with at least 150 yards on the ground and 2 with over 200 yards. He averaged 156 yards per game on the season. That average and production only goes up when factoring in his receptions and that part of his game.
It is difficult to imagine that Carey would do better than he did this year and while he could, he could also come back and play worse or get injured. The other factor playing into this is the projected group of running backs that will be draft eligible next year. That group includes an extremely talented group including players like Mike Davis from South Carolina, Duke Johnson from Miami, both Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall from Georgia and T.J. Yeldon from Alabama.
There could be an exodus of backs including Carey in order to avoid getting into that field and potentially being dragged down further, but it remains to be seen. In the meantime, Carey does have one game left with the Advocare V100 Bowl against Boston College which features Carey and Andre Williams, two of the most productive running backs this season.