After a long wait to make their first selection, the Los Angeles Rams decided to take running back Cam Akers out of Florida State as the first pick of the 2020 draft class.
In somewhat of a shock, the team passed up on players such as Michigan pass rusher Josh Uche, Ohio State running back J.K. Dobbins in addition to others. Akers might not have been the best running back on the board for some but the Rams clearly felt a connection to the former Seminole running back. Here was general manager Les Snead’s wife tweeting about head coach Sean McVay’s love for Akers.
Sean was RAVING about Akers on a call to Les 2 weeks ago. Broke down a play in classic Sean style— just told Akers on a call how much he can’t wait to run it.
— KHS (@KaraHenderson) April 25, 2020
Here was our friend Joe Curley of the Ventura County Star tweeting out a quote Cam Akers had on what he can do for the Rams.
Cam Akers said he can be the “three-down back, four-down back if necessary” that the Rams need. He had extensive FaceTime contact with the Rams ahead of the draft. @usatodaynfl @DowntownRams @RamsFansUnited
— Joe Curley (@vcsjoecurley) April 25, 2020
Make no mistake, this was early to pick a running back especially after spending a third and basically another third to trade up and select Darrell Henderson out of Memphis. While also already having Malcolm Brown and former sixth-round pick John Kelly under contract, it has become confusing what exactly the plan will be. However, Akers ability to create with literally nothing on the offensive line during his time at Florida State is very satisfying. Personally, this is not where I would have gone but Akers is a good football player and probably would have been a first-rounder had he been running behind an offensive line like the one LSU had.