Akers is one of only three Seminole running backs with multiple 1,000 yard seasons–joining Warrick Dunn and Minnesota Viking Dalvin Cook. That speaks to the quality of the player, because FSU had really rough offensive line play throughout his collegiate career.
Athletic Ability – 8.3
Akers was patient, trying to allow the play to develop even with the poor offensive line in front of him, and that speaks volumes to the fact that he trusts his athletic ability to be able to make a play even with the poor line play in front of him. He’s a big play threat waiting to happen, and we are excited to see what that looks like with an NFL caliber offensive line blocking for him.
Toughness – 7.6
We have concerns when it comes to pass blocking, as that is the #1 killer of a running back’s chances of being on the field for all three downs. He got plus grades here purely on the fact that he dealt with so many defenders meeting him in the backfield and was still able to produce 1,000 yard seasons on the regular.
Vision – 7.2
As we watched his tape, we saw a back that would make something out of nothing if the play was breaking down, and when the hole was there he was normally able to get to it without any trouble.
Hands – 7.6
Akers does a good job catching the ball out of the backfield. We didn’t see a ton of concentration drops. If he didn’t catch the ball, it was most likely because it was truly uncatchable due to subpar quarterback play.
YAC – 7.4
This area could probably stand to be higher with as many times as he had defenders in the backfield with him. He got through defenders for big plays plenty of times in college and we see that only getting better at the next level.