Archer covered 40 yards in only 18 steps

At a mere five feet and eight inches, former Kent State running back Dri Archer doesn’t have much in common with six-foot, five-inch Lions receiver Calvin Johnson.

Here’s one thing they share — both ran the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine in only 18 steps, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com.

That ties a record for the fewest strides in the 40, and it helped Archer power his way to an official time of 4.26 seconds.  (Unofficially, one scout timed Archer at only 4.18 seconds.)

For Archer, the question is whether he’ll be able to replicate those long strides in full pads against NFL competition.  Even if he can’t, he’s still pretty fast.