What round is he projected to go in?
Watched him yesterday on the catching drills and he was by far the best. Today he had the second-fastest time in the 40-yard dash since the NFL began officially recording times in 1999.
Would be a nice addition.
Former Kent State running back Dri Archer ran the 40-yard dash in just 4.26 seconds at the NFL scouting combine Sunday, narrowly falling short of Chris Johnson's record.
What round is he projected to go in?
Let's not be enamored with 40 times. Yeah, dude looks fast but look who he's playing against.
Looks like a smaller, more frail--Tavon Austin. A gadget type player, and possible return specialist. Like Austin, I think he will have trouble getting off the line of scrimmage, and would have tobe utilized on screen plays.
I'm okay with him in fifth round. Nice player.
I've wanted him for a while now. I wish he hadn't done so well. He's not a RB, and he's not a WR, but he makes plays, and runs good routes. Returns punts too.
A couple things about Dri
First off - I dont think he will be there in the 5th round, but if he was I think it would be a great value.
Secondly the comparisons to McCluster really are not accurate. McCluster was 5'9 172 and ran 4.58 Dri ran MUCH faster than that.
He did 20+ reps on the bench, so he is not that fragile and while small, can handle 4+ carries a game as a RB which would really open up the offense, just by putting him in the backfield.
20 reps on the bench at his size is a pocket Hercules. I'd be cool with picking him in the 4th - this guy is a Weapon.
Leon Washington 4.0
Could he be a Darren Sproles type back ?
While he is obviously short, he doesnt seem frail to me at all - and his bench numbers kinda back that up. I think he could be an incredible weapon for our offense with is speed and ability to be used as a RB and slot WR.
Tavon Austin had 9 rushes for 151 yards - and even if you remove his long run (65 yards) he still averaged over 10 yards a carry. Im shocked that he got such few rushing attempts.
I like what I saw from him at the combine but I have never seen him play. Whether it be a RB or WR we need to get someone in this draft that is a KR/PR threat or sign a guy like McCluster in FA. The past couple of years we have gotten nothing out of our return game. Makes things that much harder for an already anemic offense.
Austin was given 49 total touches, even though he averaged over 10 yards per touch.
By comparison, sporles hasnt had a single season with under 110 touches in the last 5 years (and in that span has only missed 3 games).
If we do take Dri, which I personally would love, he needs 8 combined rushes/receptions to make drafting him worthwhile and to also actually see the return a player of his caliber can bring.
Ive been a big fan of this kid for a while. I think he is exactly the type of offensive weapon we need. Can return kicks and punts, can play the slot and catch coming out of the backfield and can even run the ball 3-4 times per game which will keep defenses on their toes. Unfortunately, his performance at the combine has opened a lot of eyes and I doubt he makes it out of the 3rd round. I can see a team like Oakland reach for Dri.
How Dri Archer broke science
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Ponderings on Feb 25, 2014
..... Archer broke science. The near record-setting 4.26 time posted by Archer gave Chris Johnson the shivers, as the Titans running back narrowly retained possession of his Combine best 4.24 set in 2008. But a day later we learned Archer did something far more remarkable by matching the other Johnson’s record. This is the part when I remind you that when standing at a full upright position Archer is 5’8″ and weighs 173 pounds, while Megatron checks in at 6’5″ and 236 pounds. Basically, that means Archer must be doing the running long jump with each step.
Or at least that’s the assumption logical-minded folk would initially make. Then you go and watch Archer’s best 40 time again, and quickly you discover that counting his strides to dispute any claims of matching Johnson is not an easy endeavor. ....
S&Gs somehow the Jets end up with this:
3- Tre Mason
Think MM might be able to build something?
Our WR bunches would be insane!
Lee-Cooks-Kerley- Archer in the backfield with Mason- Archer goes in motion to the single side! who covers him? who covers Mason coming out of the backfield?