Former Florida State running back Cam Akers was selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams. With the team releasing Todd Gurley in March, Akers could see a lot of touches during his rookie season and potentially become the team’s lead back.
Despite running behind a shoddy offensive line in his final year at Florida State, Akers still put together a solid season, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Sosa Kremenjas of Pro Football Focus thinks experience behind a not-so-good offensive line could work into Akers’ favor.
“Many people are concerned about the Rams’ running game, and rightfully so — the offensive line is not one worth trusting. Still, some intrigue remains. As I mentioned above, Akers already has experience in a similar situation from his time at FSU. For comparison’s sake, the FSU offensive line ranked 84th in explosive rushing plays (59), 75th in explosive run percentage (17.2%) and 209th in rushing yards before contact per attempt (1.2) in college football last season.”
With the Seminoles from 2017-19, Akers took 586 carries for 2,875 yards (4.9 average) and 27 touchdowns in 36 games. He proved his versatility out of the backfield with 69 receptions for 486 yards (7.0 average) and seven touchdowns.
Kremenjas went onto give other reasons of why he is such a good fit in Los Angeles:
“As I mentioned above, the Rams deployed zone-based runs at the sixth-highest rate in the NFL over the last three years with a total of 724 attempts. That philosophy bodes well for Akers, as he attempted the 16th-most zone-based rushing attempts in college football in 2019 – a total of 231 attempts. Not only does Akers fit the offense incredibly well, but his missed tackles forced on runs (76) figure ranked him fourth in the entire landscape of college football. And his missed tackles forced per attempt ranked similarly well, as his 0.33 figure ranked him 14th in 2019. Akers has proven his ability to break tackles at a relatively high clip and is probably going to offer more juice than an injury-riddled Gurley did in 2019.”
A five-star prospect out of Clinton (Miss.) High, Akers was Florida State’s highest-rated addition to the 2017 recruiting class. He signed his letter of intent with the Seminoles as the 247Sports Composite’s No. 3 overall prospect, No. 2 running back and No. 1 player in Mississippi.