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Yahoo! Sports: Arizona Wildcats RB Ka’Deem Carey headed to NFL


Ka'Deem Carey is reportedly taking his running talents to the NFL next season (YouTube capture)

Ka’Deem Carey is reportedly taking his running talents to the NFL next season (YouTube capture)

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Arizona junior running back Ka’Deem Carey will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft, according to Yahoo! Sports, which cites multiple sources.

At least two teams gave Carey grades during the draft advisory process that pegged him as a first-round talent, according to Yahoo! Sports. Carey reportedly would have returned to Rich Rodriguez’s program if he was forecast to go late in the second round or early third round.

Carey is one of 17 draft-eligible running backs who have decided to enter the draft before exhausting their collegiate eligibility. He is the Arizona career-record holder in rushing yards (4,239), rushing touchdowns (48) and touchdowns overall (52).

The Canyon del Oro High School graduate carried the ball 349 times this season for 1,885 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was selected as the 2013 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, the first Arizona player to achieve that honor. He finishes his career as a two-time consensus All-American and two-time first-team selection by the Walter Camp Foundation.


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Ka'Deem Carey leaves Arizona as the No. 7 career rusher in Pac-12 history

Ka’Deem Carey leaves Arizona as the No. 7 career rusher in Pac-12 history projects every team’s greatest draft needs and Cleveland and Miami are the only teams that have running back at one of their top three positions.

If Cleveland (fourth and 28th pick overall) or Miami (19th) do not take Carey in the first round, he may slip to the second round and possibly later if those teams take another running back. For Carey to be selected in the first two rounds much will depend on whether a team wants to use him to bolster their running back situation or use the pick to trade for a better draft position or other players.

Carey’s decision to leave Arizona may also be financially based because of the birth of his son, Kaison, last year. With Carey gone, that closes the chapter on the most prolific running back in the history of Arizona football and the Pac-12 in general. He leaves as the No. 7 career rushing leader in the conference history.


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Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
Jeremy Hill, LSU
Tre Mason, Auburn
De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon
Bishop Sankey, Washington
James Wilder Jr., Florida State
George Atkinson, Notre Dame


Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Marqise Lee, WR, Southern Cal
Xavier Su’a-Filo, OT, UCLA
De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
Dion Bailey, S, Southern Cal
Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
Khairi Fortt, LB, California
Kameron Jackson, CB, California
Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
Marcus Martin, C, Southern Cal
Jake Murphy, TE, Utah
Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
Richard Rodgers, TE, California
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
George Uko, DL, Southern Cal
[/ezcol_1half_end] publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report, Lindy’s College Sports and


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