Over the past two college football seasons, you could make an argument that Arizona Wildcats running back Ka’Deem Carey was the most productive rusher in all of college football. In Rich Rodriguez’s high-powered offense, Carey carried the load, taking the ball 652 times for 3,814 yards and 42 touchdowns. In the upset over the Oregon Ducks this past season, Carey practically obliterated the national title contenders on his own.
Sill, though, with all of this, his name has lost some steam as the 2014 NFL Draft approaches. One of the biggest knocks on Carey from a lot of scouts is his lack of breakaway speed.
In a recent interview with USA TODAY, Carey did acknowledge that his speed is something that does need to be worked on, however he has other admirable attributes that can potentially make him a franchise back for somebody in the National Football League.
“I may not be the biggest guy, but I feel my frame is just right for the NFL,” Carey told USA Today. “There are other backs around 200 [pounds]. I’m sitting at 207. I’m physical. I don’t accept hits. I deliver them. If I can improve my breakaway speed and deliver the blow, I’ll be OK at the next level.”
He also touched on how valuable he is with his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, which is indeed becoming more prevalent in the league these days as the spread offenses become more prevalent.
“Being able to catch the ball can be a benefit to my career, long-term,” he told USA Today. “Teams can spread me out and throw me the ball. Coach Rodriguez taught me how to get open and read coverages. That can certainly help me.”
Just one opinion, but some team is going to get a steal this May with the versatile Carey who just has that knack for being able to find the end zone.