Scouting Report
Karim may have the best shot to get drafted of all running backs who played in the Football Championship Subdivision. He was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, the FCS equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, after rushing for 1,694 yards - 182 more than any other FCS player. The Oklahoma City native ran for 18 touchdowns and 7.1 yards per carry to help Southern Illinois to the No. 1 ranking in FCS, though the Salukis were upset by William & Mary in the playoff quarterfinals as Karim was held to 27 yards on 12 carries. It's very possible Karim makes an NFL roster thanks to his humble attitude, breakaway speed and returning ability. Seven of his touchdowns this season went for more than 50 yards, including an 82-yard kick return. One thing that might scare off some pro teams is the partial tear of the patellar tendon in his left knee that forced Karim to redshirt in 2008, and nearly led him to quit football altogether. However, his impressive 2009 season - he set a school record with 2,339 all-purpose yards - has thrust him onto draft boards, not bad for a player who spent his first two years collegiately at Northeast Oklahoma A&M. Still, Karim was not invited to the NFL combine and in the Texas vs. The Nation game in February, he had just 40 yards on 11 carries and two catches for 18 yards.