Cam Akers 2020 NFL Draft Profile, Strengths, Weaknesses and Possible Fits
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Cam Akers 2020 NFL Draft Profile
2020 NFL Draft
Cam Akers is a running back from Florida State who is projected as a second-to-third round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Akers had a great performance in the combine and gained plenty of interest from NFL teams eager to add talented young RBs to their rosters.
College Career: Akers’ natural abilities were evident way back in 2016, when he was named the US Army National Player of the Year and Mississippi’s Mr. Football. He’s a dual-threat RB/QB, and threw for 8,140 yards and 78 touchdowns during his college career.
As a runner, Akers racked up 2,875 yards for 27 touchdowns in three seasons with Florida State, and also posted some nice receiving numbers with 69 catches for 486 yards and seven TDs. Akers made Second Team All-ACC during the 2019 season, then skipped the Sun Bowl to enter the 2020 NFL Draft.
Strengths: Akers has a very powerful base, with churning legs that keep a run going as long as possible. He’s great at fighting through arm contact and won’t go down unless a tackler truly hones in on him and wraps him up. The Florida State blocking during Akers’ college career was spotty, but he still managed nice production on the stat sheet.
Akers has solid instincts when it comes to running, and when he's comfortable he's patient enough to allow lanes to develop before charging through. He’s got great potential for gadget plays at the NFL level as he’s got significant experience rushing, receiving and throwing. On top of all that, Akers is even a pretty decent pass blocker.
Weaknesses: When he’s going wild on a rush Akers sometimes neglects his ball security, which could pose a problem when going up against opportunistic NFL defenders. His big-play explosiveness hasn’t quite been there over the last couple of seasons, and sometimes he’s idle too long before making a decision on where to go with the ball.
Akers will likely need some technique work after playing behind a hit-and-miss offensive line with the Seminoles, and as a receiver his hands and catching abilities are okay but not great.
Possible Fits: We’ll likely start hearing Akers’ name right around the middle of the second round in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Steelers are sitting at No. 17 in that round (49 overall), and could use a young playmaking running back. Akers may be a little cutesy for Pittsburgh’s stoic offensive demeanor, but he’s an intriguing thought there.
A little further down at No. 57 overall are the Texans, who are desperate to feature explosive offensive names this season and beyond. Akers would be a promising and potentially valuable player in Houston; if he’s there the Texans will at least take a long look.
Some mock drafts have Akers falling to the third round, which is possible but not probable. The Falcons have the No. 78 overall selection and likely won’t hesitate to add Akers there. Atlanta would be a great place for him to go (he’d be the new Devonta Freeman), but I don’t see Akers being on the board that long; the Falcons would likely either have to trade up or use an earlier pick on him.