2014 NFL Draft: RB Dri Archer Selected By Pittsburgh Steelers

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Dri Archer – RB Kent State, 5’8″, 173 LBS, 31″ Arm Length

Drafted Round 3, Pick 33, Pittsburgh Steelers Combine Results: 4.26 Forty | 38″ Vertical Jump | 122″ Broad Jump

  • As a senior in high school, he finished 2nd in the state at the 100 meter, just ahead of Denard Robinson.
  • Played in 11 games as a true freshman.
  • 2012 finalist for the Paul Hornung Award honoring the countries most versatile player.
  • 2012 MAC Special Teams Player of the Year
  • 2012 First Team All-MAC at running back and kick returner.
  • An injury early in 2013 led to a down season.

NFL Impact:  That 4.26 forty time is legit and he is the fastest “running back” in the class. I kept that in quotations because Dri (Dree) may not ever be your prototypical running back in the NFL. He has the athletic skills to be a teams swiss-army knife much like Dexter McCluster was for the Kansas City Chiefs. Expect him to be drafted as a KR/PR specialist but also to come in for certain offensive packages. He can line up in the backfield and in the slot. He has excellent hands and a great awareness on the field.

Fantasy Impact:  There is no doubt that the Steelers have a starting running back in Le’Veon Bell, so the question is, will Archer get enough touches to be fantasy relevant. The answer is probably not. While he is one of my favorite players in the draft, there isn’t much precedence for guys like him and there usefulness in fantasy. Like I said above, he reminds me of McCluster and really that’s probably his ceiling. McCluster has had some nice games from time to time and can be useful in very deep PPR leagues but even that took some time for him to get to that point. Don’t expect much from Archer this season but do expect to see the Steelers get creative. They will try and find ways to get Dri the ball and he will be exciting to watch.