Kenneth Acker, CB

School: Southern Methodist  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Portland, OR
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 190 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Player Overview

Acker was named second team All-AAC after finishing the 2013 season with 16 passes defensed to rank second in the conference and 11th nationally. He also finished seventh on the team with 46 tackles to go along with a team-best three interceptions.

A shutdown corner for SMU, Acker is a good all around athlete who compiled more than 3,000 total yards and 40 touchdowns as a senior in high school. He spent last summer also workig with quarterback Garrett Gilbert in anticipation of seeing some slot duty on offense.

When Acker was asked if it was difficult learning both the offensive and defensive schemes, he said: "Really all its doing is making me a better football player. If it wasn't difficult, it would be something that everybody does so it's supposed to be difficult. I just look at it as a blessing to have the opportunity."

However, when the season started the coaching staff opted not to use Acker on offense, instead allowing him to focus on his defensive responsibilities. Acker does have experience as a return man, enhancing his value as a late-round pick or priority free agent.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Good all-around athlete who has experience as a receiver and return man in addition to his coverage skills. Good size. Acker demonstrates an ability to bait and close with an explosive first step back to the football. He exhibits good timing to arrive at the ball and disrupt throws in front of him. He has shown good hands.

WEAKNESSES: What we haven't seen a ton of with Acker -- press coverage. Because of that unknown, questions exist about his ability to play a more physical brand of corner consistently, which will certainly be expected of him in the NFL considering his size. Lacks elite speed (4.50-second 40-yard dash at pro day).

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the 49ers' picks: Round 6/180 -- Kenneth Acker, CB, 6-0, 190, Southern Methodist...Acker has good size, athleticism and fundamentals. He's another player the team will try to develop into another late-round success story. He brings with him a background in returning kicks and punts, which will help him greatly as he tries to land a spot on the roster. - The Sports Xchange


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