Posted January 13, 2014

Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey to enter 2014 NFL draft

Arizona Wildcats, NFL, NFL Draft
Ka'Deem Carey is projected by many as the top running back in the 2014 NFL draft class.

Ka’Deem Carey is projected by many as the top running back in the 2014 NFL draft class. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

If you are an NFL team in need of a running back, this is the draft for you. Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey is headed to the NFL, capping off a season in which he compiled 2,058 total yards and 20 touchdowns.

Carey had 169 yards and two scores in Arizona’s 42-19 win over Boston College in the Advocare V100 Bowl, and he rushed for at least 100 yards in every game he played in this season, helping Rich Rodriguez and the Wildcats go 8-5.

From the school’s official release:

“My time playing football for Arizona will always be very special to me and I want to thank the fans and the Tucson community for supporting me throughout my career,” [Carey said.] “The future of Arizona football is bright. Bear Down.”

Yahoo! Sports’ Rand Getlin writes that the Pac-12 offensive player of the year, had a first-round grade from “at least two teams.” Even if the junior slides with all the other talented runners on the board, it made a lot of sense for Carey to come out this year with the workload he has put in during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Carey averaged 326 carries in each of the past two years.

Arizona also loses quarterback B.J. Denker to graduation, so Rodriguez will have a lot of work to do to keep the Wildcats’ offense humming in 2014.

Let’s watch Carey run really hard and stuff some more:

8 comments
ChadEngle
ChadEngle

Hyde will be the first back taken... He's more of an every down back.

ChrisBurke_SI
ChrisBurke_SI

@RumfordJohnny I like him ... but I'm having a tough time getting all these RBs in order in that Day 2/early Day 3 range.

RumfordJohnny
RumfordJohnny

@ChrisBurke_SI I think Hyde is the first off the board in RD2, then it's pick your flavor. Like Sims a lot, might be my favorite back.

RumfordJohnny
RumfordJohnny

@ChrisBurke_SI He's got a case of the "Tikis" from what I see. Once he protects the ball better, he'll have a shot at the next level.

ChrisBurke_SI
ChrisBurke_SI

@RumfordJohnny Guess it depends on which teams go first -- Hyde, Carey obviously different RBs. I'd take a shot on Storm Johnson too.