Dri Archer, WR/RB/KR, Kent State


Steelers, Round 3. He went much earlier than I expected, going in Round 3 when I expected Round 5. With his size and durability concerns, it’s hard for me to see him as a fit at running back in the NFL, but could be used like a Tavon Austin – who he is similar to in style and size. Has the physical tools to be a weapon if the Steelers use him right. He’ll definitely improve their special teams, though. But he will probably be a boom-and-bust player at best in fantasy, with good games and games where he’ll disappear.

Positives: Runs with good speed, burst, and quickness. Excellent track speed. Adequate upper body strength. Has very good vision and is very elusive in the open field – with his smaller size making him very difficult to get a hold of. Shows fair balance after contact and can keep his feet to pinball for extra yards. Adequate hands. Was used effectively all over the field at Kent State, earning All-Conference honors at running back, wide receiver, and kick returner. Very explosive athlete, which was also shown in his Combine testing.

Negatives: Not a good size for either running back or wide receiver, and has a skinny frame. Below-average hand size. Though his hands are okay, he tends to let passes get to his body and have some trouble extending. More of a WR than a RB. Runs a little out of control. Injured ankle early in first game of 2013 and played sparingly for four weeks. Academically ineligible in 2011.

Projection: Based on his sheer athleticism, I think he’s probably worth a late second-round pick in fantasy rookie drafts – higher if return yardage gets counted.

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