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Dri Archer runs 4.26, just misses Chris Johnson’s Combine record


Former Kent State running back Dri Archer fell two-hundredths of a second short of breaking the record for the fastest 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine.

Archer ran his 40 in 4.26 seconds, just shy of the record of 4.24 set by Chris Johnson in 2008. Archer’s time tops the 4.27 that Marquise Goodwin ran last year, and Archer now owns the second-fastest 40 since the NFL started publishing official Combine results in 2006.

In college Archer was an excellent all-around player, particularly in his junior year of 2012. That season Archer had 1,429 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, 561 receiving yards and four touchdowns, and 591 kickoff return yards and three touchdowns.

Unfortunately, Archer didn’t match those numbers in an injury-plagued senior season, and that history of injuries, combined with his size (he goes 5-foot-8 and 173 pounds), may make some teams wonder if Archer can hold up over the course of a 16-game NFL season. Archer isn’t going to be an every-down running back, but a smart team should be able to find a way to take advantage of his athletic ability. That kind of speed doesn’t come along often.

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43 Responses to “Dri Archer runs 4.26, just misses Chris Johnson’s Combine record”
  1. jjrs89 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:26 PM

    biggest thing about chris johnson in his prime was his ability to stay healthy. its tough to find speed like that sure, but to match that with durability? That’s a pretty big piece to the puzzle

  2. doe22us says: Feb 23, 2014 4:26 PM

    Raider material.. oops Al is gone.

  3. patsfan1820 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:28 PM

    2nd or 3rd round pick maybe.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 23, 2014 4:29 PM

    The speed comes around a lot more often than you are going to find a smart team. The people that run these teams are not very sharp minds.

  5. shaggytoodle says: Feb 23, 2014 4:29 PM

    Give it to him the track at Lucas Oil is slower than the old Colts home.

  6. vikes49 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:30 PM

    Bo Jackson 4.12
    Michael Bennett 4.13
    Alexander Wright 4.14
    Darrell Green 4.15
    Ahman Green 4.17
    I know this was before laser timing but…..

  7. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 23, 2014 4:31 PM

    4.26 you say? Yep, this dude’s going to be a Raider.

  8. sowcrates says: Feb 23, 2014 4:33 PM

    I feel like smart organizations welcome the combine heroics that only loosely translate to the field as the best possible distractions to bad teams from the players they’re really interested in

  9. gloryfromheaven46 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:34 PM

    A lot of people view him as a 6-7 round pick, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up going in the 3-4 round…

  10. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 23, 2014 4:34 PM

    This might be enough to wake Al Davis up.

  11. guachosporlife says: Feb 23, 2014 4:35 PM

    Emmitt Smith ran of the slowest times for a running back. He turned out ok. RB speed really does not translate well in the field. You need vision and power more than speed.

  12. shnakeriver says: Feb 23, 2014 4:46 PM

    Emmitts best attributes were consistency, durability and longevity….and running behind one of the great offensive lines in history. 40 times are not important…unless you are looking for a kick returner

  13. seatownballers says: Feb 23, 2014 4:53 PM

    Jags should take him in the fourth to replace mjd

  14. spartyownsyou says: Feb 23, 2014 4:59 PM

    When are the comments about anyone who’s fast going to the Raiders going to end?
    It’s so incredibly unoriginal at this point and it was a hallmark of Al Davis’s tenure as owner. In case you didn’t realize it Al Davis is no longer alive.
    I bet Drew Brees wants an explanation and Tiki Barber is flabbergasted too, right?

  15. chawk12thman says: Feb 23, 2014 5:07 PM

    He looked athletic and good in the other drills as well.

    BTW: The Defensive Line did their Bench Press today and Michael Sam was 52th and Clooney was 32nd. Not much of a showing of athleticism for them.

  16. JackedUpSports says: Feb 23, 2014 5:12 PM

    he’s not one to carry the rock much but you get this guy in space and he’s dangerous. 5th-7th rounder

  17. packerfanfornot4life says: Feb 23, 2014 5:20 PM

    how patient is he waiting for holes to open?? I say he may be a returner

  18. cometkazie says: Feb 23, 2014 5:25 PM

    He needed to run 0.03sec faster to break the record, 0.02sec to tie the record.

    The math isn’t that hard. 😉

  19. floridahawker says: Feb 23, 2014 5:32 PM

    This kid went to high school about ten miles from me. Seen him in a few games. Glad to see the 941 getting so recognition. Hopefully he does good things.

  20. shaggytoodle says: Feb 23, 2014 5:33 PM

    Take his brother Sterling.

  21. stampnhawk says: Feb 23, 2014 5:47 PM

    Welcome to the CFL as a PR and KR in about 5-7 months.

  22. packy305 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:52 PM

    Packers need a kick returner with Cobb no longer doing it.

  23. garyhd01 says: Feb 23, 2014 5:53 PM

    math correction he was 2 one hundredths from tying the record. when the rams won the super bowl they announced the titan was tackled 1 yard from victory when actually it was one yard and an extra point from a tie so lets get it right guys!!

  24. packerman1968 says: Feb 23, 2014 6:06 PM

    I was at the combine, I swear I saw flames coming out of his shoes.

  25. 4thqtrsaint says: Feb 23, 2014 6:39 PM

    Sounds like a perfect replacement for Sproles.

  26. rajbais says: Feb 23, 2014 6:44 PM

    Let’s not worry about CJ1K’s record. Let’s see if someone gets in the 4.1’s.

  27. truths4all says: Feb 23, 2014 6:52 PM

    The BIG question that this story did not cover is did he run his time in Adidas? If so, he’s gonna get their 100K prize for the fastest runner who did it in their shoes.

  28. Fantasy Football Consultant says: Feb 23, 2014 7:01 PM

    Bo knows 40 Xs

  29. seabreezes51 says: Feb 23, 2014 7:10 PM

    Get broke, get slow

  30. seatownballers says: Feb 23, 2014 7:24 PM

    No one will ever beat Bo. EVER

  31. negaduck says: Feb 23, 2014 7:41 PM

    According to an earlier PFT article, 4.26 would actually set the record.

    “While he didn’t reach 4.28-second record of Titans running back Chris Johnson as the fastest in combine history, Cooks might have solidified a spot in the first round with his performance.”

  32. thelastpieceofcheese says: Feb 23, 2014 7:49 PM

    I’m amazed so many NFL prospects run faster in the 40 than Olympic champ Ussain Bolt.,

  33. runtheball says: Feb 23, 2014 8:08 PM

    Emmitt’s best attributes were the 5 fat guys blocking for him and Moose Johnston.

  34. El Pollo Loco says: Feb 23, 2014 8:12 PM

    If the raiders get him in the later rounds why not?

  35. idonttipipaybills says: Feb 23, 2014 9:37 PM

    Venice Florida represent

  36. taintedsaints2009 says: Feb 23, 2014 9:56 PM

    i don’t understand why these guys do all these drills in a uniform they’ll never wear on the field. put some pads on these guys.

  37. apkyletexas says: Feb 23, 2014 10:36 PM

    No one ever mentions that Chris Johnson actually shares the 4.24 record with Rondel Menendez, who never made it in the NFL.

    Proving that combine records are worthless.

    Like the bench press record of Justin Ernest from Eastern Kentucky, who pumped 225 lbs. 51 times in 1999, and never played in the NFL.

  38. hotketchup99 says: Feb 23, 2014 10:36 PM

    Football athletes usually run a faster 40 yard dash than track sprinters because they are allowed to go on their own mark, that essentially gives them about a tenth of a second. Track sprinters go when they are told to go.

  39. mountaindont says: Feb 23, 2014 10:58 PM

    Emmitt Smith was above average. He had an offensive line at Dallas that made him look great. I’ve never been a Dallas fan but can still name that offensive line. Almost all were pro bowlers including moose Johnston.
    At the same time I’m lucky to be able to name maybe one or two of Barry Sanders or Walter Payton linemen.

  40. patzfan4life says: Feb 23, 2014 11:34 PM

    the kids going to be an excellent situational back.for sure once the trainers get a hold of him he’s gonna get even.faster I like talent and potential greatly good luck D

  41. monkeyhateclean says: Feb 24, 2014 12:23 AM

    This kid is going to look awesome in a Titans jersey.

    Seeya, CJ, thanks for the fun.

  42. steelerben says: Feb 24, 2014 9:14 AM

    If he falls to a later round, it might make sense for St Louis to take a flier on him. Pairing his speed on the field with Tavon Austin could create some serious playmaking opportunities. St Louis also already has two prototypical running backs.

  43. gborange says: Feb 25, 2014 7:12 AM

    Impressive but Clowney’s 4.47 while being a hundred pounds heavier and a foot taller than this guy is much more impressive.

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