Dri Archer, RB, Kent State (HT: 5’7⅜”, WT: 173 lbs.)
Third Round: 97th Pick
NFL Comparison: Dexter McCluster, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
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- Incredible speed, has an extra gear. Posted the second fastest 40-yard dash time in NFL Scouting Combine history.
- Exceptional lateral agility, changes direction well. Displays impressive footwork and body awareness.
- Very quick to bounce outside and can be lethal once he has rounded the corner. Isolates and beats defenders in space.
- Demonstrates vision to find cutback lanes, helping him to break off huge chunks of yardage.
- Combines quickness with quick decision-making, a creative runner.
- Has the speed to threaten vertically as a receiver.
- Speed and elusiveness allows him to gain yardage after the catch.
- Can make defenders miss in the open field, showing plenty of wiggle.
- Light, nimble feet to side-step defenders.
- Possesses a low center of gravity, slips tackles.
- Lines up in the slot and releases quickly from the line of scrimmage.
- Explosive kick return ability, returned three kicks for touchdowns as a junior.
- Shows some toughness and grit despite lack of ideal size, will run between the tackles decisively.
- Very versatile with the ability to line up in several spots in the formation, his presence forces opponents to cover the entire field.
- Surprisingly strong, bench pressed 225 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.
- Averaged nine yards per carry in his extremely productive junior season.
- Undersized at just 5’7 3/8”, 173 pounds, lacking height and the bulk to withstand NFL punishment. Is fairly narrow and does not have much growth potential.
- Lacks power to grind out tough yardage between the tackles.
- Average balance, broke some tackles in college but will face stronger, faster defenders at the next level.
- Ball security is a concern, is very fumble prone.
- Suffers from concentration drops and is a body-catcher.
- Limited catch radius, does not make catches outside his frame look easy.
- Occasionally bites off more than he can chew, losing yardage in an attempt to create something spectacular.
- Small hands measuring only 8 7/8” may be a liability.
- Can be easily overpowered in pass protection and technique is poor. Drops his eyes and lunges at pass-rushers’ feet.
- Was limited by injuries as a senior and may have long-term durability issues to lack of size.
- A difficult projection. May not be big or powerful enough to earn a significant role in the backfield and could lack the natural catching ability to be an effective slot receiver.
- Third team All-MAC as both a wide receiver and kick returner 2013
- Offensive team captain 2013
- Missed two games in 2013 due to injury and was limited in others
- 2012 MAC Special Teams Player of the Year
- 2012 first team All-MAC running back and kick returner
- 2012 third team All-American all-purpose player
- Business management major
The second fastest man in NFL Scouting Combine history, Dri Archer blew scouts away with his speed and agility. Though hampered by injury as a senior, his junior tape may be enough to convince teams he is worthy of finding a place for on the roster.
He will have to be utilized cleverly at the next level, however, as he is more of an undersized running back than a natural slot receiver. Regardless of limitations, he is the type of dynamic weapon who coaches work into a game plan.
Draft Projection: Fourth Round