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One scout timed Dri Archer at 4.18 seconds

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Officially, Kent State running back Dri Archer ran the 40-yard dash in 4.26 seconds.  Unofficially, he was even faster.

Per a league source, one scout timed Archer at 4.18 seconds in the 40.

While hardly scientific, the hand-timed result compares favorably with some of the legendary times generated before partial electronic timing was implemented in 2000.  The start of the run is measured by hand; the conclusion is measured electronically.

Based on the old hand-timed numbers, the only players faster than Archer were Bo Jackson (4.12), Michael Bennett (4.13), Darrell Green (4.15), and Ahman Green (4.17).

Regardless of the specifics, Archer runs very fast.  And while that’s just one piece of a much broader and convoluted puzzle, it’s always good to run very fast, especially for a running back.

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11 Responses to “One scout timed Dri Archer at 4.18 seconds”
  1. doubleogator says: Feb 24, 2014 10:15 AM

    Beep Beep….whoosh!

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 24, 2014 10:16 AM

    And with the 5th pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select….

  3. rjoppen says: Feb 24, 2014 10:27 AM

    As a track coach the entire idea of an human error element is laughable. It should all be electronic timing. Even the start. I roll my eyes when I see Tom Coughlin there with his stopwatch.. he isn’t within a tenth of a second either way. Any experienced with track timing would tell you. If it is not electronic, the average margin of error is .2 seconds for anyone who doesn’t use a watch everyday of their lives..

    Why would the start be done by hand?? Ridiculous.

  4. aldante66 says: Feb 24, 2014 10:33 AM

    You can’t coach speed. Someone will have a very fast guy in the backfield to drive defenses nuts.

  5. joetoronto says: Feb 24, 2014 10:36 AM

    To this day, it’s still amazing that Bo ran like he did at 230 lbs.

  6. oldbyrd says: Feb 24, 2014 11:02 AM

    Pitch it to him. Throw to him in the flat. One missed tackle and its Touchdown City!

  7. reasonableeaglefan says: Feb 24, 2014 11:38 AM

    Ahman Green??? Really

  8. ravenswhat says: Feb 24, 2014 11:46 AM

    Everyone put the brakes on here. This kid is 178 lbs. he better be that fast or he’s going to get killed!

  9. southpaw79 says: Feb 24, 2014 12:37 PM

    What caused Chris Johnson to fall off the face of the earth? Did he just stop caring or did defenses catch up to his speed? It seems to be getting harder and harder to “outrun” the defense now.

  10. jpb12 says: Feb 24, 2014 2:18 PM

    You’d think Under Armour would put a chip in these shirts and time them electronically

    The real Olympics just finished. They got it figured out. Can’t see why the NFL with all their $ can’t come into this century

  11. seattlelibtard says: Feb 24, 2014 6:46 PM

    A 10th of a second really won’t make a difference in a game. How is he at cutting to the side, finding holes, etc?

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