With the likes of Marvin Wilson, Tamorrion Terry, Cory Durden, and Hamsah Nasirildeen all opting to return to FSU next year, just two ’Noles were extended combine invites.
The two representing Florida State in Indianapolis are Cam Akers and Stanford Samuels III.
Both enter the draft process with a chip on their shoulder as prospects that have somewhat flown under the radar—particularly in the case of Akers, who made the most of awful offensive line play throughout his college career.
The 20 reps puts the Mississippi-native behind eight other running backs at the combine. In comparison, former Seminole standout Dalvin Cook posted 22 in 2017.
2020 RB bench press reps:— Aaron Schill (@aaron_schill) February 28, 2020
Scottie Phillips - 29
Sewo Olonilua - 25
Benny Lemay - 24
James Robinson - 24
AJ Dillon - 23
JK Dobbins - 23
Joshua Kelley - 23
Lamical Perine - 22
Cam Akers - 20
Raymond Calais - 20
Darrynton Evans - 20#NFLCombine #NFLCombine2020 @MyFantasyLeague pic.twitter.com/W0BcCWFUZc
While performing at a high level in on-field drills is crucial for prospects to gain interest from what could be their future team, off-field interviews are arguably more important. Akers has already met with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons heading into the weekend.
Cam Akers says the #Falcons told him they were “very interested” in him when he spoke with them this week.— William McFadden (@willmcfadden) February 26, 2020
Florida running back Cam Akers has met informally with the Steelers and said he has a formal interview set up with them here at the NFL Combine.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) February 26, 2020
But his on the field work isn’t to shabby, either:
Cam Akers killed the Duce Staley drill! pic.twitter.com/WLMkxG1luO— SUSPENDED AGAIN (@FTBeard1) February 29, 2020
Call it the Cam Akers drill:
Cam Akers continues to kill these drills. Great catch here. pic.twitter.com/3DuR7tC7cw— SUSPENDED AGAIN (@FTBeard1) February 29, 2020
Earning him high praise from NFL draft experts Rich Eisen and Daniel Jeremiah:
Earlier it was lofty praise for @Coach_Norvell on @nflnetwork.— Tomahawk Nation (@Tomahawknation) February 29, 2020
Now, they're gushing about @thereal_cam3 of @FSUFootball. Whoever snags him is gonna get a great one!https://t.co/YYRNleHr4A https://t.co/6wiCKdPvlI
And a comparison to a Pro Bowl running back you might have heard of:
40-yard dash: 1st attempt 4.47 seconds:
4.47 climbing up draft boards very soon. He finna eat this combine up! pic.twitter.com/DvjwKYvdz5— freddie stevenson (@strugglemade105) February 29, 2020
2nd attempt 4.53 seconds
Vertical Jump: 35.5 inches
broad jump: 122 inches
20-yard shuttle: 4.42 seconds
Stanford Samuels III
The Defensive Backs won’t hit the field to show off their skills until Sunday from 2-7 PM Eastern, but we will keep you updated as the weekend progresses. Check out some of Samuels’ key measurements below:
Official #NFLCombine CB measurements:— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) February 27, 2020
Tallest: Cameron Dantzler, 6-2 1/4
Heaviest: Brian Cole II, 213
Longest arms: BoPete Keyes and Jeff Okudah, 32 5/8
Longest wing: Jeff Okudah, 78 5/8
Largest hands: Stanford Samuels, 10 1/8
Samuels will save bench press for his Pro Day but everything else is a go.— Sheena Quick (@Sheena_Marie3) February 28, 2020
Stanford Samuels says he’s has a lot to prove: “I’ve seen some of the things that were being said. I mean, I don’t agree with a lot of them but everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.” @biggameJames_36 @fifthquarterfsu @FSUFootball pic.twitter.com/QZGujVBgQe— Sheena Quick (@Sheena_Marie3) February 28, 2020
40 yard Dash: 4.66 seconds
Be sure to check back in for the duos testing results and chime in on your thoughts of how the former Noles performed and predict where they might land.