The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Cam Akers 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Position: Running Back
Size: 5-10, 217 pounds
2019 stats: 231 carries, 1,144 rushing yards, 14 touchdowns, 30 catches, 225 receiving yards, 4 touchdown catches
Akers was one of the best players in the country out of high school and chose to play at Florida State for his college career. After three years there, he is now one of the best running backs in the 2020 NFL Draft.
As a freshman, Akers rushed for 1,025 yards and seven touchdowns. Florida State went 7-6 that season with a win in the Independence Bowl over Southern Miss. Akers and the team overall had a bad 2018 season. He rushed for 706 yards and six touchdowns, while the Seminoles went 5-7 and missed a bowl game. For his junior season, Akers rushed for 1,144 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Seminoles went 6-7, finishing the year with a loss in the Sun Bowl to Arizona State.
After three seasons spent in Tallahassee, Akers decided to take his talents to the professional level. He will likely be picked on the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Akers is a very elusive running back. He has solid moves, including a spin move that really frees him up in the open field. Akers makes tacklers miss and is big enough to break tackles when need be. In the NFL, Akers will be able to elude defenders and pick up extra yards, making him a valuable player.
He should be able to play on all three downs at the NFL level because Akers is a solid pass-catcher out of the backfield. Over his three seasons, Akers has shown consistent production out of the backfield. He is a solid route-runner, who could have better hands, but will be able to help a passing attack at the NFL level.
What adds to his three-down capabilities is his pass protection. He has the size and strength to take on most players who come free and attack his quarterback. Akers can square up the players and take them head on. He’ll have to improve his technique, but he has a solid start to build off of for the NFL.
Some teams will turn away from Akers because of his ball security. He has a lot of fumbles in his career and teams won’t want to put him in the lineup if he is putting the ball on the ground. Luckily, this can be worked on once he gets to the NFL with his position coach.
While he is very elusive, Akers rarely has big plays on tape. He has solid speed as well, so he should be able to break away on more long runs, but it doesn’t happen very often. He is great at consistently picking up positive yards, but if teams really want a home-run threat on their roster, they might need to look elsewhere.
Akers did not always have consistent production, as he had a down sophomore season. This can be attributed to a bad offensive line and bad team around him overall, but teams would rather see a player produce each year they are on the field in college. With a better supporting cast in the NFL, this shouldn’t be an issue.
Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Fourth Round Pick
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