Chicago Bears Draft Scout: Akrum Wadley

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Akrum Wadley
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Akrum Wadley /
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The Iowa Hawkeyes had a good rushing attack in 2017 led by senior running back Akrum Wadley. Is he someone the Bears could use to help bolster their rushing attack?

The Iowa Hawkeyes are somewhat like the Bears. They have a strong defense with a good rushing attack and enough out of the quarterback to help at least manage the game. Iowa has had a history of having some running backs that have gone on to solid NFL careers including Shonn Greene and even Ed Podolak. Akrum Wadley may not have had outstanding numbers at the college level but his potential is significant, and he could end up doing some good in the NFL.

Wadley hails from Newark, New Jersey. He stands 5’11” and weighs right around 195 pounds. There haven’t been many times taken for the 40 or other measurables just yet but once we get them, we will let you know what they are. Wadley started his first game in 2015 and started from there all the way up through this season capping off his career with a strong Pinstripe Bowl performance.

His career totals include rushing 536 times for an average 5.4 yards per carry. He totaled 2872 yards in his four years of playing scoring 28 touchdowns. When it came to catching passes, Wadley snagged a total of 71 for 761 yards with an average of 10.7 yards per catch. He scored seven touchdowns through the air.

Wadley has won some honors at Iowa during his time there including being named third team All-Big Ten and team MVP. He has been an important part of Iowa’s offense and is a big reason why they did so well in some of their games over the last couple of seasons.

He seems to have a good head on his shoulders and hasn’t caused any trouble in college. He looks like he would be a safe prospect to draft and won’t give you much of concern off the field.