Dri Archer is the Mighty Mouse-type running back/wide receiver/kick returner that the Falcons have seen the New Orleans Saints take advantage of since Darren Sproles was signed in 2010. Archer has the breakaway ability to take one to the house at any time.
His 4.26 speed at the combine definitely shows up on the field. He would be an explosive element who could be added to an offense that needs one if Julio Jones can't fully recover from the foot injury that he sustained in the middle of last season.
Atlanta could easily have Archer play the slot receiver role in addition to having change-of-pace running back and kick returner as his primary titles. Imagining an offensive set with Archer, Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas and the previously selected Latimer should be enough to give any opposing defensive coordinator headaches.
Height: 5'7.375" Weight: 173 pounds
Arm Length: 31" Hand Measurement: 8.875"
40-Yard Dash: 4.26 sec. 10-Yard Split: 1.46 sec.
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.06 sec. Three-Cone Drill: 6.86 sec. Bench Reps: 20 reps
Vertical Jump: 38.0" Broad Jump: 10'2"
2013: 10 games played, 68 carries, 527 yards, 6 touchdowns, 25 catches, 327 yards, 4 touchdowns, 2 kick returns, 128 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 tackles
2012: 14 games played, 159 carries, 1,429 yards, 16 touchdowns, 39 catches, 561 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 punt return, minus-4 yards, 17 kick returns, 591 yards, 3 touchdowns
2011: Redshirted for a season due to academic ineligibility
2010: 12 games played, 40 carries, 140 yards, 1 touchdown, 16 catches, 75 yards, 1 touchdown, 5 punt returns, 12 yards, 22 kick returns, 451 yards
2009: 11 Games Played, 58 Carries, 246 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 19 Catches, 231 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 11 Kick Returns, 266 Yards, 1 Tackle
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Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, College Football, NFL and the NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.