2020 NFL Draft: 7 Intriguing prospects from college football Week 7

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2. Cam Akers, RB, Florida State

After a down 2018 season, Florida State’s Cam Akers has bounced back in a major way. He not only looks faster, but he’s running with more power and better vision. He’s already tied his touchdown total from last season with nine touchdowns in five games. Akers is also on pace to rush for more than 1,300 yards while averaging five yards per carry.

The Seminoles faced off against the reigning National Champions, the Clemson Tigers. If Florida State had any hope of winning this game, it’ll be on the back of Akers. The game plan didn’t allow it. Akers and the FSU offense couldn’t keep the ball long enough for him to make an impact. The offensive line was bad they lost 45-14, but Akers is still a solid prospect, nonetheless.

Akers is a rocked up, thickly built at 5-11, 212-pound back. He’s athletically gifted with great quickness in short areas. Moreover, he’s a powerful runner who can break arm tackles and run through smaller defenders. He’s not a polished or even reliable blocker but he has value as a receiver.

There’s potential for Akers to be an every-down back in the NFL. His size and skill-set resemble Rashard Mendenhall, formerly of the Steelers and Cardinals. Unfortunately, he’s climbing uphill with a plethora of talented backs that are eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft.

It also doesn’t help that the NFL doesn’t value running backs as hot commodities. Still, Akers is a top 100 prospect who’s caught the attention of CBS’s Josh Edwards in his latest Prospect Rankings.