Sept 8, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kent State Golden Flashes running back Dri Archer (1) runs the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium. Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Kent State Running Back Dri Archer Draft Preview

Kent State Golden Flash, Dri Archer may be one of the most interesting prospects in this years NFL draft. He lacks a definitive position, but his has the agility and speed to fit both the wide receiver, and running back position. He is likely not a first or second round pick because of his lack of position. If the Bears can snag him with a third or fourth round pick, he could help the already potent offense.

The skill set Dri Archer brings to the NFL is comparable to Darren Sproles or Dexter McCluster. The thing that makes him so potentially dangerous is his speed. He can return kicks, carry the ball out of the back field and line up as a wide receiver. The reason he might fall into a later round has everything to do with his height. Dri Archer is only 5’8” and weighs in at 175 lbs. He lacks size, but makes up for it with natural ability.

Another reason his draft stock hasn’t risen to the level of his talent is because he suffered an injury to his ankle at the start of the 2013 season. In 2012 he rushed for 1,429 yards on 159 attempts and had 16 touchdowns. He also caught 39 passes for 561 and 4 touchdowns. His senior season he rushed for 527 on 68 attempts and had 6 touchdowns. His yards per carry did fall from 9.0 yards a carry to 7.8, which is still a very high average. The drop off in production could be due to the aforementioned ankle injury. It is worth noting that he doesn’t seem to be injury prone. He hasn’t had multiple injury’s over his career, this seems to be an isolated incident.

My final thought on Dri Archer is that with such a high ceiling and at a relatively low-cost, I would welcome him to the Bears with open arms.

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