(CBS) — The Chicago Bears selected Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
The 5-foot-10, 207-pound Carey left Arizona after his junior campaign after registering his second 1,000-yard rushing season. As a sophomore, he led the country with 1,929 rushing yards and was named an All-American. This past fall, Carey rushed for 1,885 yards as a junior.
Carey’s known for his tough running style. He ran a 4.69-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
Here’s part of his scouting report from CBSSports.com:
Strengths: Muscled-up athlete with good instincts, light feet, good leg drive and the determination to handle a featured role as a team’s primary runner in the NFL. Good recognition of the hole, showing the burst to and through gaps to take advantage when the avenue is clear. Also possesses the vision to recognize cut-back lanes and the jump-cut ability to quickly re-direct. Accelerates smoothly, showing enough speed to break into open field for long-gains.
Weaknesses: While Carey’s determined running is commendable he has to know when to go down, too often exposing himself and the ball to unnecessary hits by lunging forward and too often leaving his feet. Does not possess elite breakaway speed.
He figures to battle for playing time with Michael Ford and Shaun Draughn at backup running back behind starter Matt Forte. The Bears released Michael Bush in the offseason.
The Bears’ next scheduled pick is in the fifth round at No. 156 overall.