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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Kent State WR/RB Dri Archer

05.06.14 at 3:20 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’€™s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

DRI ARCHER

Position: Wide receiver/running back

School: Kent State

Height: 5-foot-8

Weight: 173 pounds

Achievements: 2013 All-MAC third team, 2012 All-American (Associated Press, Walter Camp, ESPN.com, Sporting News), 2012 MAC Special Teams Player of the Year, 2012 Joe Fogg Award (national player of the year in the Midwest)

What he brings: One of the fastest players in college football, Archer has big-play ability with his quick burst, vision and acceleration. Archer is very versatile, as he saw time as a kick returner, wide receiver and running back during his time at Kent State. Archer’s size has worried some analysts, who say that he lacks the strength to last through a full NFL season. There also is concern that he’s not skilled at breaking tackles and goes down easily when hit.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 3-4

Notes: At the NFL combine, Archer ran a 4.26 in the 40-yard dash. That’s the second-fastest recorded time in NFL combine history (since 2006), trailing only Chris Johnson‘s 4.24 in 2008. Archer also hit 38 inches in the vertical jump. … Archer’s 40 career touchdowns ranks second in school history. … He led the team with 982 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013 despite being slowed by an injured left ankle in the first series of the season that cost him two games and limited him in two others. … He averaged 36.9 yards on 16 kick returns in 2012, the highest total in MAC conference history, and was one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation’€™s most versatile player.

Related articles:

Akron Beacon Journal: Kent State’s Dri Archer helps draft stock by flirting with record in 40-yard dash

WKYC.com: Archer shines at Kent State pro day

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Dri Archer another Mid-American Conference player closing in on NFL draft

Video: Here is a video highlighting Archer’s career at Kent State.

Here is Archer’s head-turning performance at the NFL combine.

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