Cam Akers was one of the biggest fish in his recruiting class, and Florida State University was riding high at the time. After breaking Dalvin Cook’s freshman rushing record, things fell apart in Tallahassee. Burdened with atrocious OLine play, and inconsistent at best quarterbacks, Akers was the heart and soul of that offense. The 5’10 217lbs back had an impressive combine, running a 4.47 40 and posting a 35.5″ vertical with a 122″ broad jump while showing smooth hands when catching the football. I broke down Akers’ time at FSU to see where he fits in an NFL backfield.
Strengths: Akers is a supreme athlete, and as a back he combines the power to break arm tackles, the agility to make defenders miss in the open field and the breakaway speed to outrun many defenders even when they had an angle. Catching the football is an area he has improved in every year, and he offers some of the best upside as a receiving option out of the backfield in this class. He has excellent contact balance running through traffic. Any production behind his offensive line was fought for tooth and nail. In an era of RBBC in the NFL, Akers has a complete 3 down skillset to make it difficult to be taken off of the field.
Weaknesses: Cam Akers switched from QB to RB when he came to FSU and it shows in his vision. He fails to hit the proper hole at times and is too impatient to let the block develop and instead presses for a crease quickly. This is likely a bad habit developed playing behind such a bad unit. Pass protection needs work to be a consistent role player on 3rd downs. Injuries have been an issue for much of his time in college, but he played and produced through them. Ball security will be an issue for some teams, simply puts the ball on the turf more than he should.
Overall Outlook: I am exceptionally high on Cam Akers, and he finished my #3 overall running back prospect. NFL teams will be hard pressed to find a more complete skillset than what he brings to the table. As a rookie he should find immediate success on all three downs, and I fully expect him to be one of the most productive backs in the league for the next several seasons. Florida State may be a dumpster fire, but Akers in a bonafide star in the right system and good health.