Report: Steelers Met With Arizona RB Ka’Deem Carey At The Combine

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted running back Le’Veon Bell last year in the second-round to be their primary ball carrier for the foreseeable future, there’s a decent chance they could select another running back this year in the later rounds to serve as his backup.

According to Roster Watch on Twitter, Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey has met with the Steelers and several other teams at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.

Carey, who on Thursday said he considers himself a mix of Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy, measured in at the combine at just over 5 feet, 9 inches, 207 pounds with 31 3/4 inch arms and 9 1/2 inch hands.

Carey, who declared for the draft following his junior season at Arizona, is considered one of the top rated running backs in the 2014 draft after rushing for 1,885 yards on 349 carries in 2013. He also scored 19 touchdowns and averaged 157.1 yards per game to finish second in the nation.

The Steelers are obviously just doing their due diligence in meeting with Carey. They are allowed to meet with 60 players at the combine in total.

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  • Brian Miller

    Not sure that this makes any sense to me…I don’t disagree that we might use a draft pick for a RB to COMPLIMENT Bell, but I will be smh if we use a pick in the first 4 rounds to do so considering all of our needs.

  • SteelersDepot

    It’s called due dligence.

  • Brian Miller

    Ok, fine, you say that, and I understand the term, but there are only 60 interview spots and 300+ people at the combine…do you really think there is any chance they draft Carey in the first 3 rounds?

  • steelster

    due diligence at times can be a waste of time. This guy will be a second round pick. The steelers have too many needs to consider a running back that early.

  • Brian Miller

    my point exactly…I just don’t think this is a realistic draft pick for them, so why waste the time and spot on due diligence?

  • SteelersDepot

    you ever think they might have used a bit of that interview to ask about another player on his team or that he played against? You people have to stop being so close minded.

  • cp72

    You know I was thinking about this. What about Lemicheal James. Read the 49ers may be shopping him. Maybe for 5th rounder?

  • Brian Miller

    Good lord we aren’t being close minded…just stating an opinion…I’m not ragging on the FO, just questioning a decision. Why are you being condescending to us just because we are questioning a decision. Have you ever questioned a decision by the FO? I know you have, because I have heard you do it on your terrible podcast…can you please ease up on some of us “not as knowledgeable” fans please? We love the Steelers as much as you do.

  • Brian Miller

    But, to be fair, you might have a point too, so I will concede that I didn’t think about other players…can you please enlighten me as to who you might think they could be looking at on the Arizona team?

  • SteelersDepot

    but it is close minded not to think there was reasoning behind it. nothing condescending about that. you are just being overly defensive. I’m telling you why it could have happened and you don’t like the answer. face it.

  • Brian Miller

    yes, you are correct…I’m just being defensive…kind of like when you called someone skippy the other day. Was that not condescending? Look, I am on your side, I love the Steelers, I’m just questioning a decision, and it sounds like you are taking the other side, can we just agree to disagree without the extra stuff?

  • SteelersDepot

    must be the age difference. I have called people skippy and junior all my life. I’m the oldest of four boys. Sounds like you take it as condescending and I can’t do anything about that.

  • 243546

    This makes me happy. I love Bell, and hope he produces at a high level for a long time, but no RB is going to handle the full load for an entire season. Depth is huge, especially at the RB position. Not sure how I would feel about spending another early pick on a RB, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t a little envious of the platoon of monsters that Seattle has in their backfield.

    I’ve watched Carey, and he looks like a good back who brings a different set of skills than Bell. Not a bad thing to have.

  • shawn

    i agree … this is not what you call due diligence … you DD on people you have even a remote chance of drafting … and with this one no way jose … and i dont buy for a minute they met with him to talk about another player … they might have a reason … but i question the logic and yes after hearing they didnt even interview with JJ last year … HECK YA i question the FO … and everyone here should too …

    This reasoning that they are so much better and smarter than the rest of us and are not prone to mistakes like all of us has to STOP !!!

  • shawn

    I think we can get a good complementary back in the late rounds … Archer/DAT

  • 243546

    If the Steelers have a second round grade on Carey, and he happens to still be around when it’s time for the Steelers to use their third round comp pick, then there is definitely a chance. If there’s one thing Colbert can’t resist, it’s a value pick.

  • SteelersDepot

    Another thing a lot of people are over looking here. So far, Benjamin, Moncrief and Carey are all underclassmen. Perhaps with more and more underclassmen declaring every year, maybe they are trying to get some sort of baseline on the responses they give to certain questions for future use. Let’s face it, how much are you REALLY going to find about a kid in 15 minutes? Some you will find out a lot, while others not so much. We really can’t read too much into these combine visits, but rest assured the Steelers have a ryme to their reasoning as to who they choose to talk to.

  • SteelersDepot

    You are seriously questioning who they choose to spend 15 minutes with at the combine? REALLY?

  • shawn

    i agree … wouldn’t call this DD … and although Im sure they had their reasons for meeting with him i heavily doubt it was to talk about another player

    It definitely looks puzzling … but thats what it all looks like when you’re on the outside looking in and not privy … oh to be a fly on the wall … love that idea about televising war rooms … would pay $$$ to see that … course it wouldn’t be live but give great insight into what goes on … i know I’m in the minority and i can definitely see both sides but i really hope they get to do Hard Knocks .. ya I’m selfish i guess !

  • Weiss Chad

    perfect draft imo trade 1.15 ti browns for1,27@2.4
    1,27 pryor safety
    2,4 tuitt d tackle
    2,15 fuller cb
    3.33dontae moncrief
    4d thomas

  • 243546

    Good points. There’s also the possibility that the team is really impressed with what they have seen on film, and what to get to know more about the player because they would consider drafting him.

    Another thing to keep in mind, a lot of people are talking about needs, and FA hasn’t even started. As of today, the only RB On the roster with any meaningful experience is Bell. The Steelers NEED another RB. They can squire one through FA, or through the draft. The same can be said for every other position that is considered a need right now. Maybe the plan is to address those other needs through FA, and draft another RB? The point is, we’re making a lot of assumptions about needs, when the reality is that those needs may no longer exist come draft day.

  • SteelersDepot

    If Fuller last to the Steelers second round pick it would be one hell of a steal based on his tape. It probably would mean he got in a car wreck or murdered somebody.

  • Matt Manzo

    Are people really still making assumptions?! Crazy! It’s only the 1st day of the combine. Thanx again Dave for being so awesome! U make a California kid happy with all the coverage!

  • shawn

    YES, I am !

  • Brian Miller

    Ok, I give in…I believe you about the skippy, and I will admit to being a “tad” defensive…sniff sniff…I am 41 though, so I can’t imagine I am that much younger than you…

  • Brian Miller

    True, I doubt they can get a ton of info out of the short amount of time. Any other potential picks on the Arizona team that they might be questioning Carey about in your opinion?

  • SteelersDepot

    It just blows my mind how upset people get about a process
    we don’t know much about or have ever witnessed. If teams want to meet with ANY
    player they can bring 30 to Pittsburgh.
    In addition they can travel to visit any kid at a pro day or schedule a private
    workout. What we have in this thread is people bitching just to bitch.

  • SteelersDepot

    I’m not saying THAT is exactly why they interviewed him. It’s just one of many things to consider. Value is value. If that kid slips for whatever reason, they better know a little about him in case he does. He’s an underclassman.

  • SteelersDepot

    I’m 45 going on 85, junior. ;)

  • Matt Manzo

    Just like in the real world! Too much complaining. We’re the Steelers, we have nothing to complain about! (Except Neil Odonell!)

  • Matt Manzo

    Maybe it’s the converted 9ers fans? There’s a lot of them out here.

  • Brian Miller

    Dude, read the original posts…we weren’t complaining…we were questioning…big difference.

  • LayDownTheHammer

    Relax. Anyone who is freaking out about 1 Combine meeting are clearly Combine novices and after the draft realize that that is not the case and we can’t draft 60 players with whom we meet.

    P.S. I would not listen to anything this Shawn character says; I liken him to an enemy of logic, evidence, and reason. Pointless to argue with some of these people.

  • dgh57

    That’s right. I call it covering all their bases if they for whatever reason can’t/don’t come to terms with Dwyer. If we let Dwyer walk then suddenly we have a opening for a backup RB.

  • CW

    Could be due diligence. Could be a backup plan if Carey drops unexpectedly into the later part of the third round and no one else is there that they want more. Facing facts having two great running backs on the roster could be a real boost to the running game.

    Personally I think they are just kicking tires of what could very well end up being the rival Browns next starting running back.

  • SumnerYoung

    Watching the highlight tape, Carey’s style reminds me of Tiki Barber. Roughly the same size too. I think that’s a more apt comparison than AP or Shady McCoy.

  • RyanW

    Omfg I cant even believe you guys are throwing a sh!t fit over them spending 15 mins talking to a RB at the combine. They still have pro days and visits and tape to review on other prospects as well you guys are acting like they just drafted him at 15. Like Dave said they very well could be looking at a teammate of his and gathering info. Not to mention its no garauntee this kid doesnt drop in the draft for whatever reason and we could get him at a great value. Theres a ton of reasons they could be speaking to him. Quit acting like its the end of the world. They know what theyre doing.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m not talking about anyone specific. Just thought it was funny how quick everyone was to start arguing. I’m glad Dave lets us go at it the way we all do! Good chance to see different opinions. And I like ripping on 9ers fans since I’m surrounded by them all the time.
    I meant no disrespect to you. Unless ur a 9ers fan!

  • cencalsteeler

    Have you considered that Colbert may be playing opossum trying to throw coaches off guard the same way they did you? No offense, but there is a chess match involved in drafting, much like within an actual game.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Or maybe he is really good at hide and seek and no one can find him to draft him… I’m just hoping people like other CBs better and maybe Dennard and Gilbert fall so Fuller drops aswell

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Love the first 2 picks. I think Truit is a great fit for us.

  • steelster

    I like your thinking and posted a previous similar trade with the browns. Trade our first round pick to the browns and we get the browns second, third and fifth round picks. Google the trade between the patriots and Vikings from last year they did something similar to this. The more picks we get in this draft because the so called experts are saying this is one of the deepest drafts ever.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    You could always find out if a kid’s momma is a whore or crack addict. That would be some valuable intel right there.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Both of you…go to your rooms. No dinner, no play station..nothing. Just go to your room.

  • Rob

    Come on… They just said they didn’t even bother to interview Jarvis Jones at last year’s combine… It really doesn’t make sense

  • joed32

    Colbert has only traded down once in his career and that was just a few spots when he drafted Hampton.

  • shawn

    wouldn’t bag on the 9’ers too much … would love to be in their position right now … their future is really bright … i think personnel wise they actually have a better defense than Seattle & if they get some great DBs in the draft can play that aggressive style that Seattle has … absolutely love the way Seattle plays defense, wish we could mimic that

  • shawn

    Oh how pathetic life would be if we all had the same opinions … give it a rest with the pissing contest already … everyone already knows you are full of yourself and think you have the biggest 3rd leg on the block !

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m talking just about the fans. The team is actually turning into something more of the style I like. Lots of players from Pennsylvania on the roster too. Since the Yorks gave the team to the son, they’ve been a lot more smash mouth. Still don’t like Harbaugh.

  • shawn

    Ya i like their style too and i grew up in the bay area hating them as they had that damn kid named Montana that couldn’t seem to lose lol … ya but you are right about their fans … unlike the steeler fans they are very fair weathered !

  • Matt Manzo

    The Montana 9ers were too finesse for me. And their division was sooo weak.

  • shawn

    ya they were … but they changed the game forever … i personally liked the steve young 49ers with Ricky Watters … for my money that was the best offense of All – Time !

  • Matt Manzo

    I hated their uniforms with Young and Waters!

  • shawn

    but that offense was sick … just sick … !!!

  • shawn

    interesting … and not very promising … here’s to hoping this year is the 2nd time

  • tricitysteel

    I doubt the Steelers would make a trade with a division rival two years in a row, The Browns would probably ask a kings ransom anyway.

  • Brian Miller

    I have to admit, you are right about a lot of 9er fans recently…they have been extremely obnovious this year. I was happy to see them lose to Seattle, and actually I was not upset to see Seattle win the SB, because maybe now all of those whiney fans will quit complaining about the referees in SB XL!!

  • WarrenSappSuckedBigOnes

    let’s go, cheaters…let’s draft criminals. it’s the black and piss way.

  • tim

    You do sound a bit like a condescending douche here though SD, just sayin…

  • Rob Dove

    If he turns out to be the best player available regardless of need you take him. We will use more than one RB. We have a full back, only need one. This guy would be a great complement to bell. We could also run the pony backfield with the two of them. Deep WR class this year might not be one worthy of the top pick when we pick. The corner backs available may not be worth #15 or just maybe they think this guy maybe available in the second or third round. The guy is a top rated runner, fast and catches the ball as well. The clip shows he has good balance and caries the ball well and also has some power for a guy his size.

    This could be the speed back Haley has wanted. Some formations would be tough to defend with him and bell in the back field.

  • Jollyrob68

    Too much based on point value, a trade with Brown’s would give them two 3rds.But I like the trade back idea with the Browns. San Diego would net them a 2nd or San Fran nets a 2&4

  • Jollyrob68

    They Browns would be the team looking to come up for a Qb and it would cost Two 3rds. Basically the Browns & the. one acquired from Steelers. a no brainer for Browns.

  • nicolaisim

    you’d to hope for the latter of the two.. can’t use a injured cornerback :b