Name:Akeem Shavers(+) Coming off end of season 2012 knee injury College:PurdueNumber: 24 Height: 5-10 Weight: 198 Position:RBPos2: FS/ST/KR Class/Draft Year:Sr/2013 40 Low: 4.37 40 Time:4.4740 High: 4.58
Projected Round:Stock:High: PFA Low: FA Rated number 46 out of 174 RB's617 / 2426 TOTAL
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Draft Scout Akeem Shavers News
06/07/13 - RB Akeem Shavers was waived by New England.
03/05/13 - 2013 Purdue Pro Day: Akeem Shavers, RB (5-10, 198) was not invited to the combine and could experience a position switch if given a further look by NFL teams. Shavers ran the 40 in 4.50 and 4.55 seconds, had a 39-inch vertical and 10-6 broad jump, performed 19 lifts on the bench. It was Shavers’ three-cone time - 6.89 seconds - that would indicate he would have a chance to play defensive back (quickness to change direction). Some people at Purdue’s pro day worked Shavers out at defensive back. There were 11 Purdue players (plus an additional two players from previous seasons) and one player from Indiana State working out. The workout was held indoors and executed on FieldTurf. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/05/13 - 2013 Purdue Pro Day: Shavers, who gained 871 yards for Purdue last season, said he was fully recovered from a knee injury suffered in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on New Year's Day. The injury kept him out of the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game, but he sat as more of a precautionary measure. "The risk wasn't worth it," he said. "It would have been a good experience, but at the same time, I could have went out there and re-injured my knee and this all would have been put on hold. So I tried to make the best decision for myself and my future."
The 5-11, 203-pound Shavers isn't projected to be a draft pick, as most consider him a free agency possibility. But Friday's performance very likely improved his stock. "It's been mostly positive feedback," he said. "They know what they're looking for and they really just told me that I got a great workout in today and there's really no need to work out again. I have some great numbers; the only thing I could improve on is maybe a little bit of positional work. That'll be something that I work on in this short time that I have." - Kyle Charters/Stacy Clardie, GoldandBlack.com
03/05/13 - 2013 Purdue Pro Day: When Shavers was training for his Pro Day workout, he'd see a pair of golden Nikes every morning as he entered the MJP training center in Texas. "We'd walk by (the case) every morning and be like 'Man, we're training with Michael Johnson, a great history-maker,'" the running back said of the four-time Olympic gold medalist. "It's crazy to be in his presence. "He was a huge help, helped me with my stance and every phase of my 40. He'd be in the weight room and be working out harder than we were. You'd think he was still competing; he's a great guy."
On Friday, Shavers ran in the low 4.4s - perhaps as fast as 4.39 - in the 40-yard dash. It was his only opportunity in front of scouts from multiple teams, after not being invited to the Combine, making his performance all the more critical. "It makes this very important because it's really your stage," he said. "There couldn't a better place; it's somewhere I'm used to. I'm very comfortable here and glad I got to do it here."
Shavers, who participated in all of the agility drills, like the three-cone and 5-10-5, says he lifted 19 reps on the bench and jumped 39-inches on the vertical. "I set my standards very high," Shavers said. "So even if something was below my standards, it still could be pretty good I guess, in most cases. That's the way I look at it." - Kyle Charters/Stacy Clardie, GoldandBlack.com
03/05/13 - 2013 Purdue Pro Day: Despite the injury setback, Shavers was leaner and quicker Friday. It took about six weeks to fully recover from the knee injury, and the Texas native believes he’s stronger than before the setback. “I feel like I’m moving a lot faster and a lot better,” he said.
Shavers trained at Michael Johnson Performance in McKinney, Texas. Johnson is a four-time Olympic track and field gold medalist and nine-time world champion sprinter. Shavers walks by Johnson’s famous gold shoes each time he visits the facility. “He hasn’t changed a bit,” Shavers said. “He still looks like he could outrun us. He helped me with my stance and every phase of our 40. It’s crazy to be in his presence.” - Mike Carmin, The Muncie Star Press