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2015 NFL DRAFT

Dri Archer, WR

School: Kent State  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Laurel, FL
Height/Weight: 5-8 / 173 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
100173
Player News
05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Round 3/97 -- Dri Archer, RB/WR, 5-8, 173, Kent State...Offensive coordinator Todd Haley always has a small, quick, do-it-all back for a change of pace and to add some intrigue to his unit. Archer's announced 40-yard time at the combine was 4.26 seconds, but one official timer had him at 4.16, the fastest clocking at the combine this century by any method of timing. The Steelers plan to use him all over the place, including on kick returns. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Steelers' picks: Round 3/97 - Dri Archer, RB/WR, 5-8, 173, Kent State...Todd Haley always has had a small, quick, fast do-it-all back for a change of pace and to add some intrigue to his offense. Archer ran a 4.26 40. They plan to use him all over the place, plus on kick returns. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 100/17. Dri Archer, WR, Kent State, 5-08, 173, 4.16, 3...Archer is instant danger who can get to the end zone as fast as anybody who has ever played the game. Anybody. Really. He has the fastest time ever clocked in 40 yards at an Indianapolis combine -- 4.16 seconds, although his announced time was 4.26 seconds. He was used in college as a running back, wide receiver and as a returner who scored four touchdowns on kickoffs and would have scored more but teams kicked away from him.

An injury marred senior season (ankle)lends credence to concerns about his slight frame and durability. Frankly: Yes, Archer is small and probably fragile. But he's bigger and faster than Trindon Holliday (5-5, 170, Broncos in 2013) and you can't hurt what you can't catch. OK, go ahead and say it -- right now Al Davis is trying to communicate with son Mark to draft this kid. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver: Dri Archer, Kent State, 5-08, 173, 4.26...Archer is instant danger who can get to the end zone as fast as anybody who has ever played the game. Anybody. Really. He has the fastest time ever clocked in 40 yards at an Indianapolis combine -- 4.16 seconds, although his announced time was 4.26 seconds. He was used in college as a running back, wide receiver and as a returner who scored four touchdowns on kickoffs and would have scored more but teams kicked away from him.

An injury marred senior season (ankle)lends credence to concerns about his slight frame and durability. Frankly: Yes, Archer is small and probably fragile. But he's bigger and faster than Trindon Holliday (5-5, 170, Broncos in 2013) and you can't hurt what you can't catch. OK, go ahead and say it -- right now Al Davis is trying to communicate with son Mark to draft this kid. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/27/2014 - 2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 7. While Muema elected not to participate, Kent State's Dri Archer certainly did, recording the 40-yard dash in a staggering 4.26 seconds. Archer came up short of the combine record, but left no debate as to who the fastest running back is at the 2014 Scouting Combine, posting a 4.26-second 40-yard dash on Sunday. The former Kent St. speedster was a full 0.15 faster than Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon.

While the NFL credits Chris Johnson with the combine record with a 4.24 clocking in 2008, NFLDraftScout.com records list Trindon Holliday (2010) and Marquise Goodwin (2013) with 4.21 times. Archer's 4.26 ranks in a tie for seventh-fastest since 2000. Everyone knew Archer was fast. The bigger question entering the combine was the straight-line speed of some of the elite running backs in this class. Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated running back entering the week, turned in a highly disappointing 4.70 time that could certainly affect his draft stock. - The Sports Xchange

12/15/2013 - 2013 ALL-MAC THIRD TEAM: Kickoff Return Specialist - Dri Archer, Kent State...Archer also joined elite company, earning all-conference honors at two different positions for the second straight season. Earning third team honors this season at both wide receiver and kick returner, he owns the rare distinction of claiming All-MAC accolades at three different positions. In 2012, Archer was a first team member at both kick returner and running back. Despite missing the better part of four games this season, he led the Flashes with 11 total touchdowns and 982 all-purpose yards. - Kent State football

12/15/2013 - 2013 ALL-MAC THIRD TEAM: Wide Receiver - Dri Archer, Kent State...Archer also joined elite company, earning all-conference honors at two different positions for the second straight season. Earning third team honors this season at both wide receiver and kick returner, he owns the rare distinction of claiming All-MAC accolades at three different positions. In 2012, Archer was a first team member at both kick returner and running back. Despite missing the better part of four games this season, he led the Flashes with 11 total touchdowns and 982 all-purpose yards. "Dri can do a lot of different things," Haynes said. "And it's going to be fun to watch him in the future wherever he ends up. Everyone knew he had a chance to go the distance every time he touched the ball and he's done it at three different positions." - Kent State football

11/21/2013 - Dri Archer had 138 yards and three touchdowns as Kent State dominated Ohio 44-13 on Tuesday night. The game was close in the first half as Kent State (4-8) took a 17-13 lead into halftime. The Golden Flashes scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 31-13 lead and held Ohio (6-5) scoreless for the entire second half. Kent State rushed for 312 yards and its longest run of the night was from a defensive lineman.

Facing a fourth-and-4 from their own 39, Kent State's Nate Terhune took a direct snap and ran a sweep around the left side and hurdled a Bobcat defender on his way to a 61-yard touchdown. Colin Reardon threw for 213 yards and a touchdown for Kent State. It was the Golden Flashes' last game of the season. Ohio plays Massachusetts at home on Nov. 29th. - AP Sports

10/07/2013 - WEEK 6 MAC EAST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kent State KR Dri Archer...Senior kick returner Dri Archer (Laurel, Fla.) on his first and only kickoff return of the season raced 100 yards for a touchdown in a 38-24 loss to Northern Illinois. The 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown tied a Kent State record set in 1979 by Norman Warren. Archer now has four kickoff returns for touchdowns, all of which are 98 yards or more. - MAC football

10/01/2013 - Defending division champions Northern Illinois and Kent State hook up for a early showdown on Saturday. This is Kent State's chance to overcome all the problems from the first four games with a victory. The Golden Flashes looked more like last season's team with Dri Archer back in the lineup for the first time this season for extended snaps. Saturday's game is more critical for Kent State's season than NIU's. The Golden Flashes need to play competitive to build some momentum.

Archer is finally back. The speedy senior returned to the field from an ankle injury and played the most snaps of the season in the win over Western Michigan. He was injured in the opener and limited to a handful of snaps to rush for 73 yards and catch four passes for 48 yards, including a 31-yard touchdown catch for his first touchdown of the season. - The Sports Xchange

09/21/2013 - Kent State coach Paul Haynes made the decision to save injured star Dri Archer for Mid-American Conference competition. There was no point having the dynamic running back face Penn State on Saturday. The Golden Flashes (1-3) totaled just 190 yards and nine first downs against the Nittany Lions and were shut out, 34-0 - the Golden Flashes' third straight loss since opening the season with a 17-10 win over Liberty. Archer and Trayion Durham combined for 2,745 yards last season for the nationally ranked Golden Flashes, but Archer injured his left ankle in the season-opener and has played sparingly since. Durham was held to just 38 rushing yards and Penn State limited redshirt freshman quarterback Colin Reardon to 12 completion in 28 attempts for just 100 yards.

"We made the decision early he wasn't going to play," Haynes said. "Hopefully we'll have him this week (against Western Michigan). That's those tough decisions you make: Do you play him against Penn State or do you wait to play him in the conference?" Archer is on a list of injured players that grew on Saturday when defensive tackle Chris Fairchild limped off with a lower right leg injury and did not return. Defensive nose guard Nate Terhune broke a leg against LSU last week. - AP Sports

09/16/2013 - When will Dri Archer be healthy? Archer returned to the field against LSU after missing the previous week with an ankle injury. He played just one series in the opener, and played limited snaps in the LSU game. Archer's injury could spell a long season for Kent State if he continues to be dogged by the injury. - The Sports Xchange

09/12/2013 - The Golden Flashes are staggering after watching Bowling Green score 24 straight points against what many expected to be a very good Kent State defense, on the way to handing Kent a 41-22 loss. The Golden Flashes went unbeaten in conference play a year ago, so a loss in the MAC opener is tough to process for a program that appears to be uncertain of its identity...at LSU, Saturday. The Golden Flashes need a game or two like this each season to balance the books, but this one comes at a very tough time as Kent tries to recover from a humbling home loss to Bowling Green. The Tigers appear to be hitting their stride as Kent comes to town, and QB Zach Mettenberger, fresh off a five touchdown pass performance in a 56-17 rout of UAB, should have an equal feast on the Kent State defense. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2013 - The Kent State offense needs Dri Archer back. And in a hurry. Archer is one of the most electric players in the country, capable of taking over a game in a variety of fashions with his speed and versatility. But Archer has been sidelined with an ankle injury suffered in the opener. He has three rushes for 10 yards this season. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: RB Dri Archer will return for his senior season, which is the best news new coach Paul Haynes could get. Archer scored 23 touchdowns and accumulated 2,577 all-purpose yards last season. He had 16 rushing touchdowns, caught four touchdown passes and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - Kent State All-American kick returner Dri Archer left Thursday's game against Liberty with a foot injury and watched the second half in a walking boot. Archer, who rushed for 1,429 yards last season and had 2,577 all-purpose yards with 24 total touchdowns, was hurt on the Golden Flashes' first possession of the game. He removed his shoulder pads, but Kent State announced he was questionable to return. Kent State began a "Dri4Heisman" campaign in July. "When you look at how electric he is and the plays that he made, he's a natural fit," coach Paul Haynes said at the time. "He's one of those players where every time he touches the ball he has a chance to make a big play, and I think people are really going to legitimately look at him as a Heisman candidate." - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - The Golden Flashes will struggle to regain their footing after losing 11 starters and their head coach from last season's 11-3 team that swept the MAC East with an 8-0 mark. Opening with Liberty allows Kent to ease into this major transition, but former Kent standout Paul Haynes has a major amount of work ahead of him in his head coaching debut. DE Roosevelt Nix is a top talent, but beyond him and versatile RB Dri Archer, who ran for 1,429 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, the Flashes will be looking for playmakers. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - Kent State RB Dri Archer has done enough damage as a runner (1,429 yards and 18 touchdowns last season) to grab plenty of attention, but his frenetic style and innate elusiveness might make him one of the most feared in the college game, since he moonlights as a dangerous return man and a very capable receiver. The Golden Flashes have found some new ways to utilize Archer's skills as they work to stay at the top of the MAC East. - The Sports Xchange

08/29/2013 - Kent State's Dri Archer injures ankle, leaves game vs. Liberty...Short of losing the game, one of the worst possible scenarios for Kent State came to pass in the Golden Flashes' season opener Thursday night vs. FCS Liberty. KSU's preseason All-American kick returner and all-purpose threat Dri Archer "limped off field" after a run on the Flashes' first drive of the season, per the local Record-Courier. Archer returned briefly later in the half, but the Record-Courier reported that he had removed his shoulder pads and was wearing a boot on the Kent State sideline to begin the second half.

The official Kent State Twitter feed confirmed that Archer had injured his ankle, calling his return "questionable." Kent State began a Heisman campaign for Archer in late July, and though no one outside of Kent is expecting Archer to actually bring it home, any chance of staying in the race will obviously hinge on his being able to return as soon as possible. (It might also help if the Golden Flashes can see off the Flames; as of this posting, Liberty leads 10-7.) - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com

08/16/2013 - Kent State alumnus and cartoonist Chuck Ayers debuted a comic strip to promote Heisman Trophy candidate Dri Archer. The strip first appeared on Twitter's @Dri4Heisman and was reproduced in Thursday's Record-Courier newspaper in Ohio. Ayers is best known for "Crankshaft" and "Funky Winkerbean." The 1971 KSU grad said he was happy to spread the word about the versatile Archer, who is a running back/wide receiver/kick returner. "I've been working on comic strips for 26 years now and did editorial cartoons for the (Akron) Beacon Journal before that, but I've never done anything quite like this," Ayers told Sports Business Daily. "It just looked like a lot of fun. I got a chance to see Dri play a couple times last year, so obviously I knew who he was and knew that he had some really good stats. It just sounded like a cool thing to get involved with."

Schools are looking for more and more unique ways to prop up Heisman candidates to get exposure. Kent State is no exception. "All the credit goes to them. I really had nothing to do with the initial planning part," Ayers said. "Somehow they hit upon sort of a superhero approach, and being a Kent graduate and a cartoonist my name came up. They got in touch with me and asked me if I'd be interested, and I said that sounds great. That's basically how I got involved; I just got asked." - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - 2013 JET AWARD WATCH LIST: Dri Archer Sr. Kent State,...The Jet Award honors the best return specialist in college football. Drawing its name from former Heisman trophy winner Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers, the Jet Award will be voted on by a selection committee, featuring football writers and broadcasters from around the country, as well as Rodgers. To be considered for the Jet Award, players must be a primary kick or punt returner for his team. They must be among the national leaders in return categories and show leadership, courage, desire and respect for authority and discipline. - Johnny Rodgers Youth Foundation

07/31/2013 - In yet another sign of how things are changing in the MAC conference, there are now two Heisman campaigns being run within the conference. That's right, Kent State's Dri Archer joins Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch as MAC players whose schools are making a Heisman push for their stars. "When you think about the Heisman and the best college football player, it should be someone who is exciting," said Kent State coach Paul Haynes in a release. "When you look at how electric he is and the plays that he made, he's a natural fit. He's one of those players where every time he touches the ball he has a chance to make a big play, and I think people are really going to legitimately look at him as a Heisman candidate. Dri is all about doing what's best for the team, but when it comes to catching the attention of fans and media, we want to put him front and center."

Archer's campaign will include a "Dri4Heisman" website, a Twitter account and a Facebook page. The campaign will also have a digital comic strip called "The Archer." Archer certainly put up the kind of numbers last season that deserved attention. The diminutive back was the very definition of versatile, as he rushed for 1,429 yards, had 561 receiving yards, covered 591 yards on kick returns, and even threw a 24-yard touchdown. Add it all up and Archer finished the 2012 season with 2,577 all-purpose yards and 24 total touchdowns.

Of course, when it comes to actually winning the Heisman, odds are stacked against Archer being in the MAC. Not only will he need to put up video game numbers, but the Golden Flashes would likely have to go undefeated as well, and even then he probably wouldn't win. Though it may help him get to New York. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: RB Dri Archer, Kent State...Named to the Paul Hornung and Maxwell Award Watch Lists earlier this summer, Archer led the nation in yards per carry (9.0) in 2012. He led the Flashes with 1,429 rushing yards on 159 carries. Sixteen of his 23 touchdowns were rushing. - Kent State football

07/18/2013 - 2013 DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Dri Archer (Sr.), Kent State...Named to the Paul Hornung and Maxwell Award Watch Lists earlier this summer, Archer led the nation in yards per carry (9.0) in 2012. He led the Flashes with 1,429 rushing yards on 159 carries. Sixteen of his 23 touchdowns were rushing. - Kent State football

07/12/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Dri Archer, Kent State...After sitting out the 2011 season, Archer came storming back in 2012 with a Kent State single-season record 23 touchdowns (16 rushing, 4 receiving, 3 kick returns). His 9.0 yards per carry led the nation as did his 36.9 yards per kick return. - Kent State football

07/12/2013 - 2013 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Dri Archer, Kent State...Last week, Archer was one of 44 players named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, lauding the nation's most versatile player. In 2012, he was one of four finalists for the honor. Archer was also recently tabbed as one of the Top 50 College Football Players in 2013 by USA Today. After sitting out the 2011 season, Archer came storming back in 2012 with a Kent State single-season record 23 touchdowns (16 rushing, 4 receiving, 3 kick returns). His 9.0 yards per carry led the nation as did his 36.9 yards per kick return. - Kent State football

05/21/2013 - 2013 FREAKS LIST: THE 20 CRAZIEST ATHLETES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 7. Dri Archer, Kent State, RB-KR: You might as well call Archer Mr. MACtion. The 5-8, 173-pound Archer is the league's most exciting player and may be the quickest man in college football. Despite his diminutive frame, Archer still ran for 1,429 yards and 16 TDs, with a 9-yard average per carry. In eight games Archer had at least one run of 43 yards or longer. KSU strength coach Antoine Sharpe says Archer certainly backs up that home-run style when he clocked electronically a 4.29 40-yard dash. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

 
Player News
05/13/2014 - 2014 NFL DRAFT BEST VALUE PICK: PITTSBURGH STEELERS: Round 3/97 -- Dri Archer, RB/WR, 5-8, 173, Kent State...Offensive coordinator Todd Haley always has a small, quick, do-it-all back for a change of pace and to add some intrigue to his unit. Archer's announced 40-yard time at the combine was 4.26 seconds, but one official timer had him at 4.16, the fastest clocking at the combine this century by any method of timing. The Steelers plan to use him all over the place, including on kick returns. - The Sports Xchange
 

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