Round 3, Pick 7: Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
I am not a big fan of the idea of the LA Chargers drafting a running back in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. In fact, I recently published an article giving my reasoning against the Chargers selecting in the first three rounds, so this might seem contradicting.
However, in our mock draft, there were not great options available at the other needs that the Chargers have. Any other need that the team could have filled would have been overreaching with every other potential fit likely also being available in the fourth round.
So with that being said, we went with a running back who could be selected as high as the mid-second round in Cam Akers. Akers would come in and be the team’s second running back behind Austin Ekeler, slotting in ahead of Justin Jackson in the depth chart.
Akers has the DNA of being a successful Chargers running back in that he is a threat in both the rushing and receiving game. My only concern with drafting Akers is he is not a massive change-of-pace from what the team already has, which would be the primary reason for the Chargers to draft a running back.
However, he is one of the better running backs in the entire draft class and should be an instant difference-makers as early as day one.