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Cover 3: Ka'Deem Carey

The "Intro to Scouting" graduates' takes on the Arizona RB. National Football Post

April 26, 2014
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Ka'Deem Carey: Arizona (5'10", 196)

Strong Points: Extremely productive, Stamina, Balance, Competitior, Well Rounded/Complete Back

Weak Points: Some Ball Security Issues (2:10, 4:54, UCLA), 750+ Carries in college, some off-field questions, Pad level, timed speed, spread offense- 0 under center offense experience 2013

Summation: Carey is a well rounded, experienced back that was the main feature in Arizona’s spread offense. He is the type of player that does everything very well, but nothing great. No fear or hesitation in his game, he is physical and aggressive (4:28, UCLA 3:03 WSU) He has decent size, enough to not hinder his chances of being an every down back in the NFL. He has great balance and leg drive (0:34, 2:40, 4:20, UCLA 1:08, 1:32, WSU), will initiate contact and earn extra yards; very productive after 1st contact (3:25, 5:36, UCLA). Displays good vision, patience, a no non-sense runner. Also has some elusiveness, quickness/suddeness(1:26 UCLA)- can make tacklers miss in the backfield, in the hole, and in the secondary. His timed speed was a below average, but displays a 4.5 - 4.55 on tape. Runs with physicality and tremendous effort, those qualities are present in every snap. Shows the ‘want-to’ and effort in pass protection (4:44, 5:52, UCLA). Relatively durable, but pad level ( 0:24 UCLA) and average size could create issues. Shows solid pass catching ability (4:05 WSU), although his routes were limited to simply screens and flats/flares. Operated out of a spread offense his whole career, very limited, if any under center offense experience, learning an NFL playbook could be an issue.

Grade: 6.8

-Will Gaines

Strengths: He shows patience and displays vision running in a shotgun, QB zone-read type offense. He attacks the open holes while also having a good feel for the cut back lanes. His initial burst allows him to get through the hole quickly or allow him to get around the edge on outside runs. He is decisive when given the ball and helps to set up blocks in the open field. Plays with more quickness than straight-line speed, but his burst and elusiveness allows him to make tacklers miss and create big gains. Of the three videos posted, Carey proves he can gain yards after contact by accounting for at least 31 yards after contact in each game and an average of at least 39 yards after contact. Because of his ability to catch the ball, Arizona used him in the screen game and occasionally lined him up as a wide-out or slot receiver. Carey also effectively picked up blitzers and provided blocks on QB roll outs. He is willing and able to anchor himself to take on a blitzer and also successful at cutting blitzers and edge rushers on passing downs.

Weaknesses: Carey looks to have a thin build, specifically in his lower body. Although he tends to keep his legs moving, he lacks the leg drive and power to push the pile. Several clips show he is susceptible to big hits as his body is exposed because of his upright running style and high pad level. While he is capable of breaking big runs and gaining yards after contact, he does not contain great straight-line speed.

Overall Impression: Displays solid vision and quickness that allows him to run in-between or outside the tackles. Despite lacking elite speed, he is capable of generating big plays because of his elusiveness and creativity in the open field. His hands and pass block ability will allow him to stay on the field in passing situations. His upright running style and lack of leg strength could be an issue, but he has the potential to be a starter and/or an impact player early in his career.

Grade: 6.8 

-Brandon Baroody

Strengths: Productive runner with good vision and instincts...excellent inside runner who lets his blocks set up and quickly accelerates through the hole...good decision-making and cutback ability...good balance and strong legs...Runs with a low pad level...Creates big runs, three a game is typical, because of ability to break arm tackles and accelerate to daylight...Good toughness. Although somewhat undersized, not afraid to sacrifice his body to make a block on both run and pass plays. Had several key blocks in UCLA game and one in WSU game.

Weaknesses: Does not have elite speed...Needs to improve ball security as had two key fumbles in UCLA game...Size may result in a durability issue at he next level...Not used extensively in passing game, but has good hands and should be able to improve and develop passing game abilities...Does not have overall strength to break tackles in backfield.

Impression: Good change of pace back who might be able to develop abilities to become a 3 down back at the next level.

Grade: 6.5 J

-Thomas Ladson

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