On Thursday morning, the undefeated Golden Knights of Central Florida took to the field one last time to showcase their talents in front of 31 NFL organizations in attendance. The most notable being linebacker Shaquem Griffin and cornerback Mike Hughes. However, it was tight end Jordan Akins that has captured the eye of Chargers staff members.
Following his pro day performance, the 6-foot-3 237-pound Akins talked with media members and listed the Chargers as one of the three teams who have hosted him for a private workout, the Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints being the other two. Akins also stated he has a private workout with the Kansas City Chiefs scheduled for next week.
Due to a recent hamstring injury, Akins was held out of drills at the NFL combine and chose to refrain from running a forty-yard dash during his pro day but participated in every other drill. His 29 reps on the bench press would have been best at the combine and six more than the next top mark which was South Dakota State’s Dallas Goedert at 23.
Akins was invited to the Senior Bowl in late January where he stood out among a tight end group that lost some star power after Goedert and UMass’s Adam Breneman went down with injuries on day one. He took advantage of the increased reps and capped off a solid week with a touchdown catch during the game.
UCF TE Jordan Akins with the TD! He average 1.91 yards per route run, 12th highest in the FBS during 2017 #SeniorBowl pic.twitter.com/sDrrRdYzs5— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 24, 2018
The interest in Akins may need to be taken with a grain of salt as the team just signed veteran Virgil Green and it hasn’t been seen whether or not veteran TE Antonio Gates will be back in 2018. Regardless, life after Gates will have to be prepared for sooner than later and that might be what the Bolts have in mind with Akins.