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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

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.

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24 Responses to “Archer covered 40 yards in only 18 steps”
  1. ottawabrave91 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:01 PM

    he might be a good replacement for mccluster in Kc, who was a converted running back

  2. ariani1985 says: Feb 24, 2014 8:09 PM

    Fastest than a packer fan running to the liquor store.

  3. nokoolaidcowboy says: Feb 24, 2014 8:22 PM

    I wonder how many on here understand the referenced photo above…
    Fun times!

  4. craniator says: Feb 24, 2014 8:37 PM

    I don’t really understand the photo ; anyone want to enlighten me ?
    Thanks .

  5. davikes says: Feb 24, 2014 8:38 PM

    So he averaged 6.6 feet per stride. Probably 7 or 8 feet at full speed. Pretty amazing.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 24, 2014 8:52 PM

    If it wasn’t for the fact that his upper body took up 8″ of that 5-8 frame, Dri would have broken the record.

  7. 1bigtex says: Feb 24, 2014 8:55 PM

    Got to love the “Ministry of Silly Walks”.

  8. realnflmaster says: Feb 24, 2014 8:59 PM

    Faster than Joe Banner getting his play into the coordinator.

  9. tindeaux says: Feb 24, 2014 9:01 PM

    big deal. jawalrus russell did that. he S_ucked.

  10. pftisfulloftrolls says: Feb 24, 2014 9:05 PM

    Great, now how his ball control? Running fast is impressive and all, but it’s meaningless if you always put the ball on the ground.

  11. redwoodking says: Feb 24, 2014 9:10 PM

    Sounds like a viable replacement for a disgruntled LaMichael James. SF can get a late rounder for James, and the 49ers get a nice piece.

  12. patsfan1820 says: Feb 24, 2014 9:27 PM

    What’s up with the picture of Monty Python?

  13. silentfreedom5 says: Feb 24, 2014 10:03 PM

    Id like to see him in Minnesota playing in a Darren Sproles role.

  14. trollhammer20 says: Feb 24, 2014 10:11 PM

    Every NFL Team needs a Silly Walks Coordinator.

  15. jonesjack says: Feb 24, 2014 11:53 PM

    4.26 seems more impressive than the number of steps it took to get there.

    My Rammies should draft him to line up with Tavon Austin in little Shot’s high flying offense.

    Sorry. It’s been a long decade.

  16. pooflingingmonkey says: Feb 25, 2014 12:10 AM

    Well sir, I have a silly walk and I’d like to obtain a Government grant to help me develop it.

  17. dinofrank60 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:14 AM

    Kid, run track.

  18. ivanpavlov0000 says: Feb 25, 2014 12:46 AM

    Did he pass any low flying planes? 4.26 (and 4.18) are amazing!

  19. mysticbrownie says: Feb 25, 2014 1:18 AM

    18 steps…same as Brandon Weedens drop back…

  20. zorn2largent says: Feb 25, 2014 1:22 AM

    Who cares about unofficial times. That scout who timed him at 4.18 was slow. Haha Unofficially I timed him between 3.9-4.0 seconds. I guess that’s why they use official times.

  21. bastyboy says: Feb 25, 2014 6:49 AM

    “Archer power his way to an official time of 4.26 seconds. (Unofficially, one scout timed Archer at only 4.18 seconds.)”

    Officially, I don’t give a damn about unofficial time.

  22. prosportswashington says: Feb 25, 2014 6:58 AM

    That works for CJ because he is 230 lbs and can power through guys, I don’t know if Archer can do the same

  23. doubleogator says: Feb 25, 2014 7:55 AM

    It would be even funnier if it were a silly run drill…

  24. bryco9 says: Feb 25, 2014 8:15 AM

    The kid looks great in the highlights, does a good job of following blockers, which for a guy with 4.2 speed is impressive. he’s got great bust and is also pretty elusive, if he were 3″ taller & 30lbs heavier he’d be a 1st rounder.

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