2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: Carson Steele

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2024 Exclusive Sneak Peek: Carson Steele, RB UCLA

Welcome to the Exclusive Sneak Peek: Carson Steele, a Running Back from Greenwood, IN who attended Center Grove High School. Steele was a 3-star recruit and attended UCLA.

In 2021, Steele began his collegiate career at Ball State. As a freshman, he appeared in 13 games and put up an impressive stat line. He rushed for 891 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.

His sophomore season at Ball State was doubly impressive as he rushed for 1,556 yards and 14 touchdowns. In addition, he also caught 29 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.

After his 2022 breakout, he transferred to UCLA where he put up solid stats, but nothing like his sophomore season. In 13 games, he rushed for 847 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also caught 17 passes and 163 yards for 2 touchdowns. After that season he would declare for the 2024 NFL Draft.


Carson Steele

NCAA Statistics

Rushing & Receiving Table
Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2021Ball StateMACFRRB131928914.661215713.1120410485.17
2022Ball StateMACSO1228915565.414291665.7131817225.415
Ball State48124475.120413237.9252227705.322
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 3/7/2024.

Scouting Reports


  • Has exceptional contact balance in traffic.
  • He is tough to bring down in open space.
  • Possesses a surprising ability to display burst to the edge.
  • Is a rare combination of balance and agility mixed with great vision.


  • He struggles in pass protection and is limited to cut blocks.
  • Lacks elite gear and the ability to hit home runs.
  • He has sub-optimal playing speed and struggles to outrun any defender.
  • Struggles to pick up and handle the blitz.

Pre-Draft Analysis

Expected Draft Capital: Round 6/7

Ideal Landing Spot: Minnesota Vikings

Carson Steele UCLA
Courtesy of nflmockdraftdatabase.com

Steele has a mountain of potential but due to the lack of any solid competition, it’s unknown exactly how talented he truly is. He is likely to be a late Day 3 pick, possibly even undrafted, but has some appeal for a running back needy team.

The Minnesota Vikings are moving on from Alexander Mattison, and with Ty Chandler as the only NFL-ready running back left on the team, a late-round selection could be in the books if they choose not to invest an early pick at the position.

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