2014 NFL Draft Scouting Profiles: Dri Archer
The NFL combine is oftentimes a great place to spot talent that would have otherwise been overlooked. This year was no exception, as Dri Archer out of Kent State showed that he has NFL-caliber talent. Ladies and gentlemen, a closer look at this combine breakout star.
Dri Archer is FAST. Running a 4.26 at the combine is impressive in it’s own right, but Archer’s speed becomes even more impressive when you watch the tape. Archer is reminiscent of current Kansas City Chief, Dexter McCluster, in that he can make a play out of just about anything. Archer has the elusiveness, explosion, and speed to become a very exciting weapon for one lucky team.
The biggest obstacle in Archer’s way is his size. Although he has decent height at 5’10″, he weighs in at only 173 pounds, and his slight frame is going to cause some teams to pause before putting the ball in his hands. Due to his lack of size, Archer’s power is lacking, and there’s also the question of how teams will get him the ball.
The Bottom Line
Dri Archer isn’t going to be much of a running back in the NFL. His struggles in pass protection bar him from becoming a third down back, and his size prevents him from getting heavy usage without worry of injury. At his best, Archer is an explosive kick returner, and occasional weapon on offense.
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