Wildcats in the NFL

A look at former Arizona Wildcats RB Ka’Deem Carey at NFL Scouting Combine


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Key: Bench – bench press reps; 40-yard – 40-yard dash time; Vertical – vertical jump inches; Broad – broad jump inches; 3-Cone – 3-Cone Drill time; 20 shuffle – 20-yard shuffle time; 60 shuffle – 60-yard shuffle time. Rank among other running backs listed within parenthesis. The 3-cone Drill and 20-yard shuffle times have yet to be posted at NFL.com.
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Ka'Deem Carey

Ka’Deem Carey

Former Arizona Wildcats running back Ka’Deem Carey concluded the 40-yard dash portion of the NFL Scouting Combine this afternoon with an official time of 4.70 seconds.

Carey’s time of 4.70 ranked 29th out of 33 running backs and fell behind his goal of 4.5 seconds, but it is not an indicator of his ability to have an impact on Sundays.

NFLDraftScout.com’s Rob Rang referenced Carey’s time in the 40 as “staggering slow”.

“(The 4.70 time in the 40) will certainly drop his draft stock, though he plays much faster than this workout indicates,” Rang writes. “He’s an instinctive, determined runner with good quickness whose soft hands and grit as a pass blocker make him a weapon on all three downs.”

Former NFL standout running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Marshall Faulk agreed that although the 40-yard dash time can improve a back’s draft standing, it is not an indicator of an athlete’s worth.

“It doesn’t really translate most of the time to the football field,” Tomlinson said. “Most of these guys have speed. Some of the bigger guys didn’t run too well but they play at a violent level.”

Tomlinson was later critical of Carey during a catching drill in which the running backs run back and forth to cones and catch passes in the process before turning upfield. Carey dropped one pass and brought another one close to his body without cleanly catching it with his hands first.

Tomlinson made a comment about Carey’s height at 5’9″ and having “to do better than that” in the drill.

From a physique standpoint, Carey, Arizona’s career rushing leader, looked as impressive as any of the other running backs. Carey, also a Canyon Del Oro grad, should get his next chance to impress NFL scouts at Arizona’s Pro Day, which is generally scheduled in early March at Arizona Stadium.

Running backs listed other than Carey are Auburn’s Tre Mason, Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde, Washington’s Bishop Sankey, LSU’s Jeremy Hill, West Virginia’s Charles Sims and Boston College’s Andre Williams.
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WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes articles for Bleacher Report and Lindy’s College Sports.


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