Former Seminole awaits virtual 2020 NFL draft

Posted at 11:53 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 23:53:26-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The NFL Draft starts virtually on Thursday and the big name to watch for, for Florida State fans, is Cam Akers.

Most everyone has the speedy running back going mid-second round, so we won't see Akers Wednesday, but, instead, on Friday.

In three seasons in Tallahassee, Akers rushed for nearly 2,900 yards and 27 touchdowns, while also hauling in seven from the air.

Former Florida A&M quarterback Ryan Stanley was one of just three quarterbacks invited to an HBCU Combine last month, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It was an opportunity missed for Stanley and 50 other HBCU football players that were invited to that combine.

FAMU head football coach Willie Simmons said Ryan, FAMU's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns, is trying to remain positive.

"Not really being able to showcase yourself in front of NFL scouts, personnel, not really being able to do Pro Days is really tough for those guys right now," said Simmons. "My heart goes out to Ryan and all those draft eligible juniors and seniors, all those guys that were looking forward to the next phase of their lives."

The NFL Draft begins Thursday at 8 p.m. and you can watch all three days on ABC 27.