A 5-11, 192-pounder, Carey ran a 4.41 40, the fastest 40 time of all cornerbacks at the combine. He was a four-year starter at Norfolk State, his hometown college. An honors student, Carey stayed home for college after turning down Yale because he lacked the necessary funds.
At Norfolk State, Carey intercepted eight passes the last two seasons and was named a first-team All-MEAC cornerback as a senior. Draft analysts say he's physical -- perhaps too physical -- and praised his play at the East-West Shrine practices.
The second prospect – Evander "Ziggy" Hood – is better known to college football fans. Hood is a 6-3, 300-pound defensive tackle from Missouri, and he, too, recorded the fastest official 40 time at his position when his 4.89 tied Iowa's Mitch King.
King, however, could bench 225 pounds only 23 times, compared to Hood's 34.
Ziggy's stock rose after his performance at the Senior Bowl practices, where his spin moves and pass-rush ability stood out on the field. Hood is regarded as a 4-3 gap-shooting tackle who disregards the run, but the Steelers interviewed Hood formally – according to Scout.com's Chris Steuber – because of his passion for the game, size, hustle, and the dearth of 3-4 end prospects in the draft.