Heading into this year's draft, the Chicago Bears were in need of a backup to Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte. To fill that need, GM Phil Emery selected former Arizona RB Ka'Deem Carey with the 117th overall pick in the fourth round.
Carey led the nation in rushing yards in 2012 (1,929 yards). In 2013, he added 1,885 yards on 349 carries (5.2 yards per rush). The last two years combined, Carey rushed for 3,814 yards and 42 touchdowns.
There are concerns with Carey. In December, 2012, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct after an incident with his ex-girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time. Charges were eventually dropped. He was also kicked out of an Arizona basketball game after a verbal altercation with event staff and police over seats, which resulted in a one-game suspension.
Carey also had a rough go of it at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, posting a 4.70 40-yard dash, which is scary slow for a running back. For all those reasons, one of the most productive running backs in the nation fell to the Bears in the fourth round.
He's obviously not a burner but he's an experienced, durable, between-the-tackles runner. Carey can carry the load if Forte gets hurt and will be an upgrade near the goal line and in short-yardage situations. He also has solid hands out of the backfield, catching 77 passes for 769 yards during his collegiate career.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is in his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.