Akeem Shavers of Purdue is another interesting RB prospect in an absolutely stacked class. Shavers is a good-sized 5’10 199 pound back who recently ran a 4.35 40 yard dash at Purdue Pro Day, along with a 10’10 Broad jump, 39.5 vertical and 19 reps on the bench press. With many scouts in attendance, Akeem really opened some eyes. As a senior Shavers was the leading rusher for the Boilermakers with 871 yards and 6 touchdowns , and showed pass-catching ability with an extra 370 yards receiving and 3 receiving touchdowns. With his film, and Pro Day numbers in hand, Shavers looks to creep right into the later rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft. It was my pleasure to interview Akeem for NFL Draft Zone.
Shaun DePasquale: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today Akeem.
SD: What do you feel are your strengths and things you may need to work on?
AS: I feel that my speed and the ability to catch the ball out of the back field are things that I am very good at. Patience and coverage recognition are a couple thing that I feel like I need to improve to have a lengthy career in the NFL.
SD: How do you feel your time at Purdue helped you prepare for the NFL?
AS: I felt that it presented me the opportunity to play against top tier talent within the Big Ten. It gave me the chance to realize that I was able to play with the guys that I use to watched on television Saturday after my games at my junior college.
SD: What do you feel you bring to an NFL offense?
AS: I feel that I bring versatility to an NFL offense, I’m fast, strong, and I can catch the ball out of the back field or I can split out wide and run routes also.
SD: Have you received any feedback from NFL scouts after your great Pro Day?
AS: I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from a few teams so far. It’s a great feeling to finally be noticed and recognized for the hard work that I put in on a daily basis.
SD: Were you invited to any All Star games?
AS: I was invited to play in the Texas Vs. The Nation all-star game but didn’t participate because an injury to me knee in The Heart of Dallas Bowl against Oklahoma State on January 1st.
SD: Who was the toughest opponent you ever faced in college?
AS: There isn’t one team that stands out more than the other because we played talented teams every week. Each team brought something different to the table, that made it that much harder to distinguish after it was all said and done.
SD: What has been your greatest accomplishment, athletically or personally ?
AS: Personally my greatest accomplishment was when I graduate from Purdue with my bachelor’s degree in business management. Athletically, I would say when we beat our in-state rivals Indiana University on senior day and got to keep The Old Oaken Bucket in West Lafayette where it belongs.
SD: If you could have dinner with any 3 people, living or otherwise, who would they be and why?
AS: I would like to have dinner with Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jr., and Steve Jobs. I chose these three people because each of them has changed the world in many different ways that allow us to live the lives that we live today.
SD: Give me the name of a teammate that doesn’t get nearly enough recognition.
AS: Dolapo McCarthy and Robert Kugler.
SD: What message would you like to send to NFL teams about Akeem Shavers?
AS: The message that I would send to NFL teams about me would read: I, Akeem Shavers is an athlete that isn’t the “most hyped” or the “most known” athlete but I am a guy that will hold your team together and put the success of the organization before anything else after my faith. I have a will that doesn’t allow me to quit or accept failure but at the same time it allows me to accept the things I can’t change.
SD: Last question, what would be your first purchase with an NFL paycheck?
AS: The first thing I would purchase with an NFL paycheck would be a down payment on somewhere to live in whichever city I land in.
SD: Thank you so much for your time Akeem.. Good luck in your journey!
AS: Thank you for the opportunity to do this interview!