The Chicago Bears spent their first three picks of the 2014 NFL Draft on players on the defensive side of the ball. With their first pick on the final day of the draft, Chicago decided to focus on their offense and selected Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey in the fourth round.
This was definitely one of the two offensive moves the Bears needed make during this draft. Before drafting Carey, Chicago only had second-year running back Michael Ford and newly-signed free agent Shaun Draughn to backup Pro-Bowler Matt Forte. Both Ford and Draughn have very little experience carrying the ball in the league, and the extra body added to the depth chart will be helpful. Especially since Chicago parted ways with veteran running back Michael Bush earlier in the offseason.
I would have liked to have seen the Bears get a back with more speed, but this was still a good pick. Carey is a runner who won’t break away for an extremely long run from scrimmage, but he is the type of ball carrier who will pick up good chunks of yardage, and is strong enough to fight for a first down in a pile.
Carey finished his collegiate career as Arizona’s all-time leading rusher with 4,239 yards, 48 rushing touchdowns and 5,483 all-purpose yards. In addition, the 5-foot-9, 207-pounder set a Pac-12 record with 16-consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
The addition of Carey sets the stage for a competition along with Ford and Draughn for the backup role behind Forte in the Bears’ training camp this upcoming summer.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller.