Scouting Report: Cam Akers, RB, Florida State University
Coming out of Florida State University is an intriguing back by the name of Cam Akers. Akers stands at 5’11” and weighs 211 pounds. Florida State has had an atrocious few years since the departure of Jimbo Fisher. Somehow, Akers has still been able to produce behind a struggling offensive line. In 2019 Akers had over 1,000 yards rushing, 14 rushing touchdowns, and an average carry of five yards. Let’s take a look at this interesting prospect.
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The Good About Akers
Akers has all the physical traits you want in a running back. He is fast, explosive, strong, and has moments where he is dynamic. When it comes to footwork, he has a bounce and he has the ability to make explosive cuts. When Akers goes through gaps he plants a foot and goes upfield very fast. One of his best traits is his strength. He is powerful and he does an excellent job of lowering his shoulder and exploding through his opponent. Akers fights for the extra yards and he does not shy away from contact. What is even more impressive is his ability to also go outside the tackles. He is extremely elusive and he does a great job to get to the open field. When it comes to one on one, he will win most of the time. Akers has everything you want physically in a running back.
The Bad About Akers
While Akers has great physical traits, it’s the intangibles and non-physical issues where he needs help. Akers has not shown great vision. All too often he misses wide open holes and instead, he runs through a wall of defenders. He is impatient in the backfield. He doesn’t allow for any work to be done in the offensive line to create something for him. Akers can oftentimes get antsy in the backfield. To be fair to Akers, he wasn’t able to show off his skill set behind an atrocious Florida State offensive line. Willie Taggert’s joke of an offensive system didn’t help either. It will be interesting to see if an NFL system, plus an offensive line will help his career. Pass protection is something he needs to really work hard on. His awareness is horrible. Too often he looks as if he has no idea there are 300-pound lineman trying to attack his quarterback.
Akers reminds me a lot of Mark Ingram. Ingram is a tough, powerful, and fast runner in the NFL. Although Ingram has better intangibles, there are similarities to their style of game. They are both downhill running backs in the NFL. Ingram is the back Akers can be if he dedicates himself to his craft.
Akers has a high ceiling. His physical traits scream this. However, the issue is whether or not he can work on the non-physical issues to improve his game. Right now, Akers is not an every-down back. I would personally take him out of the game for passing downs because his pass blocking is a liability. If he can learn, and work on his craft there is nothing stopping him from becoming a great back in the NFL. But I have to evaluate what I see now from film and I see him going somewhere late 3rd round to 4th round. There’s a possibility for him to go on Day Two but I believe he will more than likely go early on day three.