Former five-star running back recruit never lived up to lofty billing at Florida State
Once the top running back recruit in the nation, Cam Akers is one of the more intriguing prospects at the position for the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. Arriving at Florida State with plenty of hype, Akers put together a nice freshman season but never fully realized his five-star billing. Will that lack of production cause him to drop down draft boards or will teams focus more on the physical traits and upside that made him so highly regarded coming out of high school?
Cam Akers Draft Profile
College: Florida State
The raw traits are impressive with Akers — which is not at all surprising for a guy who was once the top running back recruit in the nation. He has the fluid hips and natural athleticism to change directions without gearing down, and when he breaks through to the third level, he shows the home-run speed to outrun the defense. He’ll go from 0-to-60 quickly and can obliterate pursuit angles when he’s in the open field. He has a compact build and finishes his runs with pop, making him a handful for defensive backs to deal with. A lot of his issues the past two seasons can be put on a bad offensive line, one of the worst in major college football. He’s a solid pass catcher, with the potential to become a greater weapon in the passing game.
It will be interesting to see if Akers’ bad habits and loss of confidence from playing behind that line end up carrying over to the next level. He became increasingly prone to bouncing everything outside, often too indecisive to take advantage when creases were created for him. There are legitimate questions about his vision at this point. FSU wasn’t particularly creative with him in the passing game, and there was a lack of big plays from Akers when put out into space — he doesn’t have a great feel for setting up defenders, instead having a tendency to turn upfield and run into contact. He also had some fumbling issues at FSU.
He’s a boom-or-bust prospect who will need the right coach early in his career, but Akers’ raw tools are those of a future star. With the right coach and a good offensive line, he could reach his immense ceiling.
Final Grade: 2nd/3rd round