INDIANAPOLIS - Recent Kent State graduate Dri Archer (Laurel, Fla.) turned the heads of many football fans this past weekend at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The 2012 consensus All-American showed that his speed, strength and athletic ability are ready for the next level.
Archer’s 40-yard dash time of 4.26 seconds was the fastest finish of all offensive players and came up just two hundredths of a second short of Chris Johnson’s Combine record (4.24) set in 2008. His time is the second-fastest since the NFL began publishing official results in 2006.
Using his 5-8, 173-pound frame, Archer was also impressive on the 225-pound bench press, logging 20 reps. That number was higher than nine different defensive linemen at the Combine.
Proving he can go up high to catch passes, Archer’s vertical jump of 38 inches was the fourth highest among Combine running backs. His broad jump of 122 inches was among the top third of all running backs.
In 2012, Archer set Kent State’s single-season record for touchdowns with 23 (16 rushing, 4 receiving, 3 kick returns). His 9.0 yards per carry and 36.9 yards per kick return both led the nation.
Hampered by an injury for a portion of the 2013 season, Archer still managed to average 7.8 yards per carry and lead the Golden Flashes with 11 touchdowns. He also developed his skills as wide receiver, making 25 catches for 327 yards.
Archer is the second Kent State player in as many seasons to be invited to the NFL Combine. Last year, offensive lineman Brian Winters was in Indianapolis, before being drafted by the New York Jets in the third round.
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