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Dri Archer | Running Back

Team: Kent State Golden Flashes
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/9/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 175

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ESPN's Steve Muench is intrigued by Kent State OW Dri Archer, but the evaluator has two major concerns about the speedster.
"Archer is a playmaker not just a track star but fumbles too much and concerned about ability to stay healthy," Weidl tweeted. As mentioned, Archer is a blur on the field. He ran his 4.26 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in 18 steps, tying Calvin Johnson's NFL Combine record for fewest needed; Johnson is nine inches taller. Archer's injury-plagued 2013 campaign hurt his draft stock (he ran for 1,429 yards during his junior season and fell to 527 in 2013), but you can't teach the speed he was born with. Mar 31 - 11:02 PM

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Dri Archer ran his 4.26 second 40-yard dash in 18 steps, tying Calvin Johnson's NFL Combine record for fewest steps.

If you want to know why scouts describe Archer's speed as "flying," look no further: He's 5-foot-8, while Megatron checks in almost a foot taller at 6-foot-5. While Archer came up a little short in his goal of breaking Chris Johnson's record of a 4.24-second forty, set at the 2008 combine, he did exactly what he needed to do to stabilize his draft stock after suffering through an injury-plagued 2013 campaign (he ran for 1,429 yards during his junior season and fell to 527 last year).
Feb 24 - 6:59 PM

Kent State OW Dri Archer was "one of the most explosive players in the country" when healthy, according to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

Archer's injury-plagued 2013 campaign hurt his draft stock (he ran for 1,429 yards during his junior season and fell to 527 in 2013), but scouts haven't forgotten about him. Archer is one of the few players that could realistically win the 40-yard dash competition at this year's NFL Scouting Combine. Archer beat former Michigan quarterback and current Jacksonville Jaguars running back Denard Robinson in the 100-meter final of the Florida high school state track meet; Robinson ran a 4.43 40-yard dash at last year's combine. Archer said this week that his goal is to break Chris Johnson's combine record of a 4.24-second 40-yard time, set at the 2008 combine.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 3:29 PM

Kent State OW Dri Archer is aiming for the Combine forty record.

"Yes sir -- Chris Johnson ran 4.24 in 2008," Archer told Fox Sports' Zac Jackson. "That's what I've been looking at, what I've been training for. It's definitely in my goals, and I think it can be done." Archer had a disappointing season due to a multitude of injuries, but his 2012 showed explosion and big play ability.
Source: Fox Sports
Feb 19 - 10:26 AM

Kent State senior RB/WR Dri Archer has been invited to the NFL Combine.

Archer had a down final season but is a good athlete who creates open space with swift movements. We think his long speed has been a bit overrated, but Archer will be one to watch in Indianapolis.
Jan 9 - 11:30 AM

Kent State senior OW Dri Archer rushed 138 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries in the school's 44-13 win over Ohio.

Archer added 53 receiving yards on five catches. We've been waiting for this breakout performance form Archer this season, since he posted multiple last year. The senior has dealt with injuries throughout his final season, but hopefully he turns it up in these final weeks. Archer has always had long speed, but he displayed some tackle breaking ability against Ohio.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 10:24:00 AM

Kent State senior OW Dri Archer caught four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown to go along with six carries for 73 rushing yards in a 32-14 win over Western Michigan.

Archer had been bothered by an injured ankle since the season opener, but we are happy to see him return to form. The long 31 yard touchdown saw Archer align in the slot and break on a wheel route outside then win at the catch point. He could draw third- or fourth-round consideration.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 12:21:00 PM

Kent State senior OW Dri Archer is expected to play against Western Michigan despite a lingering ankle injury.

Archer has been on and off the field since injuring his ankle during the first series of the season opener. He missed the entire Bowling Green contest and was only able to participate on a few plays against LSU. Archer set a school record with 23 touchdowns last season.
Source: MLive
Tue, Sep 24, 2013 10:01:00 AM

Kent State senior OW Dri Archer (ankle) has essentially been ruled out for Saturday's game against Penn State.

"Dri's probably not going to play, and [senior left guard Pat] McShane's probably not going to play," said Golden Flashes coach Paul Haynes on Wednesday. Archer suffered his left ankle injury in the season opener against Liberty and sat out Week 2 against Bowling Green. McShane has been battling a knee injury from pre-season camp. Haynes is holding out the duo against Penn State in the hopes that they'll be 100-percent for MAC play.
Thu, Sep 19, 2013 01:10:00 PM

Kent State senior OW Dri Archer (ankle) is doubtful to play against Penn State on Saturday.

Archer sustained his ankle injury in the season opener against Liberty and sat out Week 2 against Bowling Green. Archer started Saturday's game against LSU, but exited after a seven-yard catch in the first quarter and didn't return. "I would probably say, right now, he's doubtful unless he comes in and says, 'Hey, I want to go'," said Kent State head coach Paul Haynes. "That's pretty much the way it was last week. If he does that, you still have to make a judgment call on what's best for the team. So we'll see. By (today) or Wednesday, we'll make a definite decision on him. It was good to see him get out there and play (at LSU)." Haynes described the ailment as 'nagging.' "He's a good athlete that needs to run and he can't right now, so he's not feeling comfortable being out there," Haynes said.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 02:15:00 PM

Kent State senior OW Dri Archer will play against LSU on Saturday after recovering from a left ankle injury.

Archer missed most of the season opener after he exited following the first series. He was then held out of the contest against Bowling Green due to the ankle injury. Archer is a dynamic player in the open field when at full speed, so we hope he doesn't play with a noticeable limp against an SEC defense.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 08:59:00 AM

Kent State senior OW Dri Archer practiced on a limited basis on Tuesday due to an ankle injury.

Archer missed last weeks game against Bowling Green after exiting the season opener following the first series. Hopefully this injury doesn't persist throughout Archer's final season, since he is one of the more electric playmakers in all of college football.
Wed, Sep 11, 2013 09:04:00 AM

Kent State senior offensive weapon Dri Archer remains day-to-day leading up to Saturday's game against LSU.

"Archer's ankle is not broken or fractured, and his condition is improving by the day. But he'll still likely not be at 100 percent by Saturday," according to beat writer Allen Moff. Archer played a handful of games in the season opener, but was sidelined last weekend against Bowling Green. It does sound like Archer will practice this week, which is an improvement.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 11:02:00 AM

Kent State senior offensive weapon Dri Archer is not playing Saturday against Bowling Green.

Archer is dealing with a left ankle injury sustained last week against Liberty. He only played the first series during that contest but saw three touches. He is Kent State's top playmaking threat and makes people miss from running back and as a receiver.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 12:37:00 PM

Kent State senior offensive weapon Dri Archer is listed as day-to-day following an ankle injury against Liberty.

Archer said he expects to play against Bowling Green, but nothing is certain at this point. He exited the last contest after the first season. "It won't be a secret," said head coach Paul Haynes. "I'm not trying to trick nobody." Archer shed his walking boot.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 01:12:00 PM