2014 NFL Draft: Dri Archer scouting report

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College: Kent State
Position: Running Back/Wide Receiver
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 17

2013 College Stats: 68 attempts, 527 yards, six touchdowns, 25 receptions, 327 yards, four touchdowns.

Dri Archer is one of the more interesting mid-round prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has the ability and experience of playing both running back and wide receiver, and could play either position at any given time in the NFL. There will be many teams interested in him because of his playmaking ability in the open field, and he has the potential to make an impact for any team that picks him up. That being said, his lack of size could end up being a major obstacle for him at the next level.

Strengths

  • Very creative route-runner, with quick, crisp cuts.
  • Outstanding speed which allows him to break plays as receiver or running back.
  • Could be deep threat as receiver with speed and great hands.
  • Playmaker in the open field.
  • Above average field vision.
  • Explosive in the return game both punt and kick.
  • Surprising strength (benched 225 pounds at scouting combine).

Weaknesses

  • Lack of size could become an issue at either position.
  • Easily pushed aside in pass protection.
  • Can lose focus and drop passes occasionally.
  • Fumbles the football often.
  • Lack of power to pick up yards after contact.

All that being said, Archer is a very intriguing prospect for many teams to take a look at. He may not fit in as a starter at any point in his career, but he very well could become a special teams player that can make a difference. If an offense wants to put the ball in his hands in open field, he can make some defenders miss and make some plays out of the backfield.

NFL Comparison: Dexter McCluster, Tennessee Titans

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