Sports Illustrated, along with NFL scouts have begun to notice Iowa Hawkeyes senior, Akrum Wadley. He has been having an outstanding season at tailback. Through ten games, he has put up over 700 rushing yards, over 300 receiving yards, and eight total touchdowns. His 5’11” 180-pound frame provides a good target out of the backfield for quarterbacks. Wadley has proven to be more than just a one dimensional back and NFL scouts are starting to take notice.
Akrum Wadley is a good example of why some teams will never consider taking a Saquon Barkley or Leonard Fournette or Ezekiel Elliott in the upper reaches of the draft. The belief is that you can find one later. That’s why it’s important to note that while this year’s RB group is strong at the top, it also has depth. Wadley looks every bit of an NFL back, and can be had later in the process (not unlike Kareem Hunt last year).
The NFL of today is evolving and requires running backs to serve as targets in the pass game. Kareem Hunt has shown NFL fans how dynamic a duel threat running back can be in today’s game. Akrum Wadley has proven his ability to do just that and could be a breakout NFL star in the future. Wadley and the Hawkeyes will be back in action on Saturday, November 11 to take on Purdue.