Ka’Deem Carey was the Pac-12 offensive player of the year as a running back at Arizona last season, but NFL teams may be wondering whether he’s fast enough to play running back at the next level.
At the Scouting Combine, Carey was one of the slowest running backs to run, clocking at 4.70 seconds in the 40-yard dash. At Arizona’s Pro Day Carey wasn’t much better: According to NFL.com, Carey ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 and 4.69 seconds.
During the on-field drills, Carey worked out at wide receiver, not at running back. Carey did line up in the slot at times in Arizona’s offense, and perhaps he thinks he has a better chance of making it in the NFL as a slot receiver than as a running back.
At either position, Carey’s lack of speed could be a concern. You can’t argue with his production in college, but in the NFL speed is at a premium, and Carey doesn’t have it.