Photo of Dri Archer
Grade
5.45 ?
  • 4.26 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 20 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 122.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.86 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.06 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 5'8" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 173LBS. Weight
  • 8 7/8" Hands

Overview

2013: Third-team All-MAC pick as a wide receiver and kickoff return specialist. Played in 10 games with nine starts. Missed games against Bowling Green and Penn State. 2012: MAC Special Teams Player of the Year and first-team All-MAC as a running back and kickoff return specialist. Led FBS with three kick return touchdowns. Played in all 14 games with 11 starts. 2011: Academically ineligible for season. 2010: Played in all 12 games. 2009: Played in 11 games as a true freshman. Misc.: Finished second in 100-meter final of state high school track meet in his first full season of running (ahead of third-place Denard Robinson).

Analysis

Strengths

Outstanding burst, acceleration and top-end speed to take the corner and create big plays. Can fly by MAC competition with top gear. Very good agility, balance, vision and creativity. Weaves through a crowd and can find daylight. Soft-handed and plucks the ball with ease. Extremely strong pound-for-pound. Very good career all-purpose yardage. Good versatility -- contributes as a runner, slot receiver and return man. Four career kickoff-return TDs (and was kicked away from).

Weaknesses

Very short and rail thin with no strength or running power. Not a tackle-breaker and goes down easy on contact. Limited inside runner. Can be knocked off routes easily and struggles catching on contact. Not a nuanced route runner. Very marginal, underpowered blocker. Could stand to do a better job securing the ball in traffic. Is not ideally built to withstand a full NFL season.

Bottom Line

Explosive playmaker lacking requisite size for the pro game. Was slowed by an ankle injury early and did not return to junior form until late in senior season. Can make an immediate impact in the return game and add value as a multipurpose threat. Long-term durability is greatest concern given tiny frame.
-Nolan Nawrocki
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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