Room to Run: Akers of Opportunity
A heavy footed running back, standing at 5'11" 212lbs, Cam is slightly bigger than the last running back I wrote about "The Clydesdale", Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Make no mistake though, he can be just as dangerous if he lands on the right team. With a nose for the endzone, the Florida State Seminole took over where Dalvin Cook left off.
Splitting Carries with Jacques Patrick, Akers put up an stellar 1025 yards and seven rushing TD's to go along with another 116 receiving yards on 16 receptions and one more score. 2017 seemed like FSU football didn't miss Dalvin Cook in the run game, the future looked bright for the devy community investing in Akers.
2018 saw Akers again split carries with the less talented Patrick. Akers still posted a respectable 706 rushing yards with six trips to the paint, and another 145 yards receiving with two more scores. His sophomore season still seemed like a bit of a letdown with his production seeing a slight dip, but in Akers’ defense he played one less game than 2017. In 2019 Akers would look to return to form.
Those looking for Akers to return to form didn't have to wait long. In his first game of 2019, Akers ripped off 15 rushes for 116 yards and a TD. The following week saw a massive 36 rushes for 193 yards and 2 more TD's. In those first two games Cam showed he can be trusted to carry a full load, as evidenced by the 36 carries. He also showed his big play ability with a big run for 38 yards in that game as well as runs of 41 and 50 yards later in the season. In total, Akers amassed 231 carries for 1141 yards and a whopping 14 TD's. With a nose for the endzone like Toucan Sam, and improvement in the pass game (30 receptions for 225 yards and another 4 TD's) Cam has shown he has the ability to succeed at the next level.
2020 Rookie drafts
Showing what many drafters, myself included, wanted to see, Akers, could be a steal in upcoming drafts. I will say this, I recently participated in a super-flex rookie mock draft where a very smart man, @FF_Terminator of @TheUndroppables actually took Akers at 1.09 ahead of C.E.H. So while in home leagues I'm confident you could grab Akers in the second round, in leagues with savage sharks expect Akers to go early. If a guy like the Terminator has Akers on his radar, I suggest you pay attention to where he goes in April. A place like Kansas City could make Akers the first RB off the board in rookie drafts.