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Steelers add speedy, versatile Dri Archer

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The Steelers need some weapons on offense.  They added one in the third round on Friday night.

Speedy, diminutive tailback Dri Archer has arrived as the 33rd pick in round three and 97th overall.  The former Kent State standout ran a blazing 4.26-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine, threatening Chris Johnson’s all-time Indianapolis record of 4.24 seconds.

Archer covered the 40 yards with a record-low 18 steps (tying Calvin Johnson).  One scout hand-timed Archer’s Combine run at 4.18 seconds.

Archer can contribute in the return game, as a slot receiver, and as a third-down running back.

DraftNasty.com, run by former NFL safety Corey Chavous, sees Archer as “even more naturally explosive and elusive than . . . Tavon Austin.”

If Archer is merely as explosive and elusive as Austin, the Steelers have found a guy who can help the team gain yards and score points.

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54 Responses to “Steelers add speedy, versatile Dri Archer”
  1. nflpropickemking says: May 9, 2014 11:23 PM

    Can he play in the snow with the temp 15 degrees?

  2. drowins1 says: May 9, 2014 11:23 PM

    Love it. Guy can flat out play. Bubble screen here we come!

  3. steelcurtainn says: May 9, 2014 11:26 PM

    Love this pick…..Steelers got a STEAL…….this guy is blazing fast and will be lighting up secondaries. Fastest receiver in the draft. The steelers offense just got better today.

  4. winorlose6burgh says: May 9, 2014 11:30 PM

    Dumb dumb and more dumb need WR and CB

  5. tictoccpthook says: May 9, 2014 11:34 PM

    Just what we needed. Power and finesse running game was already in place, along with the O.L. Now the speed element is in place, linebacker and defensive end depth is in place. If we could just have Keenan Lewis back from the Saints, depth at CB would be set.

    Looking forward to seeing Johnny Football chased around the field someday soon.

  6. ncbengalmike says: May 9, 2014 11:36 PM

    Steelers trying to duplicate the Gio Bernard pick…..fail

  7. steelerstrong says: May 9, 2014 11:37 PM

    What are they doing exactly??? No corner. Passed on Denard. Taylor is 34 yrs old. And they still don’t have a receiver over six feet that can start. Should have traded up to get Moncrief!!!

  8. bryans49ers says: May 9, 2014 11:42 PM

    He’s perfect for this team. SOFT

  9. tobiasjodter says: May 9, 2014 11:43 PM

    Draft players who can make an impact regardless of position or need. You are looking for players who can make plays – make a difference in a game. Don’t follow some stupid script that says you draft a CB/WR just because you need one.

  10. staffordsyear says: May 9, 2014 11:45 PM

    Decent pick..does not really scream a steeler pick though..fast is not the game they play but the game is changing towards that thanks to Goodell..blah.

  11. ryanclark25 says: May 9, 2014 11:47 PM

    I wish we took dennard at 15 though I like Shazier. Love the next two picks. Tuitt was a steal and should hold the line with heyward and Thomas/McClendon for the lbs to roam. Absent a tall receiver this was exactly what we needed a legitimate weapon with a home run threat any time he has the ball….now to sleep soundly and pretend we aren’t in deep trouble at cb…..we are gonna need pressure to find the qb very very fast this year.

    Also for the rest of the afc north, some great drafting particularly round one. Dennard was brilliant for the bengals, browns got their qb the top corner on the board and a 1st rounder next year, and Mosley and Jernigan are gonna help return the epic wars of ravens steeler defences. Should be a great 2014.

  12. blindmansaidwhat says: May 9, 2014 11:50 PM

    nflpropickemking says: “Can he play in the snow with the temp 15 degrees?” Apparently he can, he played at Kent State not Arizona…dummy

  13. lilmidas says: May 9, 2014 11:52 PM

    Can he play in the snow with the temp 15 degrees?

    Last time I checked kent st is in ohio. Pretty sure it’s cold there too

  14. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 9, 2014 11:57 PM

    Speedy? Yes. Versitile? Not really.

  15. bobzilla1001 says: May 10, 2014 12:05 AM

    Archer is a tremendous pick. ESPN took a break from talking about quarterbacks long enough to compare Archer to Darren Sproles.
    By the way: When was the last time any college player played in snow and frigid temperatures? The college football season lasts about 10 or 11 weeks and is virtually over by Halloween or soon thereafter.

  16. pittspuke7 says: May 10, 2014 12:14 AM

    Welcome to land of mediocracy for a long time. How do you lose to Tebow in the playoffs, and not have a winning season since. ? See the pittsburgh steelers for that answer dude! Haha

  17. razon04 says: May 10, 2014 12:19 AM

    Thought the Steelers got the steal of the draft last year in RBs when they pick Bell. Now they spend another pick on RB.

  18. jrob23 says: May 10, 2014 12:24 AM

    Awful pick. Luxury a team with more talent can afford to draft this early. Colbert is losing my respect. Horrible draft. What a bunch of homer apologists who think otherwise

  19. sandy102270 says: May 10, 2014 12:42 AM

    The Steelers just used a 3rd round pick on a kick returner. Archer has limited value as anything else because he’s so small.

  20. chicagocane says: May 10, 2014 12:43 AM

    This is nothing like Gio Bernard BengalBoy…why don’t you worry about someday getting a legit QB.

  21. raideralex99 says: May 10, 2014 1:41 AM

    When Al Davis drafted fast guys they made jokes about it.

  22. groundcontrol2304 says: May 10, 2014 2:56 AM

    Love the guy who asked if he can play in snow and 15 degree weather…ummm he went to Kent State…IN OHIO!!!

  23. clashpoint says: May 10, 2014 3:49 AM

    “I want him!”
    – Todd Haley

    This guy will probably be used more in the passing game than as a runner, with Blount and Bell still getting the vast bulk of the carries. You can’t teach speed, certainly not that kind of speed. Between him and Shazier both sides of the ball just got a lot faster.

  24. chicksdigthelongballs says: May 10, 2014 4:09 AM

    To those clamoring for Dennard in the 1st round…there’s a reason he fell.
    Lacks top end speed & reached his peak in college due to strong coaching/system. He’s good, but not elite.
    Shazier will be steal of the 1st round…top 5 talent.

  25. clashpoint says: May 10, 2014 5:47 AM

    “Lord Oswald Bupkis III says:
    May 9, 2014 11:57 PM
    Speedy? Yes. Versitile? Not really.”

    Have you actually looked at his college career? I’d bet not. He averaged over 36 yards a kick off return one year. He had over 1000 yards receiving and averaged nearly 8 yards a carry over his college career. He is EXTREMELY versatile, he counts towards the running back, special teams and wide receiver groups. The jury is always out on rookies until they play the games, but this was a pretty good pick by the Steelers.

  26. corvetteman6 says: May 10, 2014 6:52 AM

    What has bothered me about the Steelers on draft day over the past few years is their stubbornness. They refuse to move up, refuse to make needed trades and refuse to address glaring problems.
    After this draft is said and done, we are talking about another year of Ike Taylor in the defensive backfield. We’re talking about another year of Ben getting pounded by a sub-par O line, and we’re talking about a passing game that is devoid of more than one speed guy with good hands.

    Maybe this draft will prove me wrong and maybe the free agency moves will be the magic wand, but I doubt it.

  27. jtbsteeler says: May 10, 2014 7:13 AM

    Better than Jermaine Lewis

  28. pabrownsfan says: May 10, 2014 7:35 AM

    Fastest receiver in the draft? Reading is fundamental.

  29. pizzon says: May 10, 2014 7:43 AM

    Waste of a picka gadget pick in rd 3 when they have other pressing needs. Someone please smack Colbert!

  30. anonymous135 says: May 10, 2014 7:57 AM

    He’ll benefit from what Chris Rainey was supposed to have achieved… great pick and looking forward to this kids future weekly highlights

  31. holeinone09 says: May 10, 2014 8:02 AM

    I also was expecting them to take Dennard first when he was available. But think about it. Their great defenses had a corp of atheletic mobile harrassing LBs and a tough solid DL, both of which took pressure off the deep backs. I came to the conclusion they need to get back to that. Maybe they will make progress with Timmons, Jones, Shazier, Williams/Spence, Heyward, Tuitt and McClendon/Thomas. If they can clog the line, limit the run and cause the QB to have less time to pass, it will be easier on the secondary.

    I do expect them to take a CB and WR in the rest of the draft. But so far I am fine with all 3 picks.

  32. jc1958cool says: May 10, 2014 8:33 AM

    how many fumbles when you going that fast? can he stay on the field

  33. Smash-Mouth.com says: May 10, 2014 8:35 AM

    Archer is blazing fast and he’ll add an element of unpredictability to the offense if they use him properly. Could be a major threat in the return game as well.

    That said, the Steelers still have glaring needs at corner and, to a lesser extent, wide receiver and I can’t help but view Archer as something of a luxury pick that the team couldn’t afford to make.

    Sorry if I sound like a killjoy, but I’m having a tough time coming to grips with the fact that the Steelers will exit this draft having not addressed the corner position.

  34. floridahawker says: May 10, 2014 8:58 AM

    This kid went to high school right up the road from me. Was rooting for him till now. Sad that he has to go to such a crap team.

  35. idonttipipaybills says: May 10, 2014 9:08 AM

    Congrats dri archer ….I have been watching dri since h.s….explosive player and good kid ….now hoping trey Burton gets picked day 3

  36. handsofsweed says: May 10, 2014 9:09 AM

    C’mon, Bupkis. Just admit you’ve never seen him play and/or that you don’t really know what “versatile” means.

    (You don’t really HAVE to do either. We already know.)

  37. steelerfanforlife says: May 10, 2014 9:50 AM

    Steelers are having a STRONG draft! Take your blinders of hate off and see what they did. You cannot objectively say this was a bad draft! They obviously have to produce on the field.

  38. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: May 10, 2014 9:54 AM

    Thanks for the detailed update on a team coming off consecutive 8-8 seasons. Any news on the selections of the team that won the AFCN and has made 3 consecutive playoff appearances? I’m more interested in what’s going on with the better team.

  39. ncphinsfan says: May 10, 2014 10:02 AM

    No one really knows if he will amount to anything. Speed is speed, but if and only if the Steelers can find a way to work him into the “regular” offense he will be a great choice. If he is a Returner picked in the 3rd then a bad choice strictly on value. Fast UDFAs come to camps all the the time for this. Running special formations/plays when he is in gets sniffed out by Defenses. The Jags cant figure what to do with Ace Sanders, my bet is the Steelers might as they are a way better organization and just might have something here. This coming from a non-Steelers fan.

  40. dexterismyhero says: May 10, 2014 10:09 AM

    @lilmidas says: May 9, 2014 11:52 PM

    Can he play in the snow with the temp 15 degrees?

    Last time I checked kent st is in ohio. Pretty sure it’s cold there too
    ==================================
    Sure, the last game in November might be cold.

  41. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: May 10, 2014 10:10 AM

    chicagocane says:
    May 10, 2014 12:43 AM
    This is nothing like Gio Bernard BengalBoy…why don’t you worry about someday getting a legit QB.
    ______________

    You’re right. Gio Bernard was a ROY candidate with 1000 yards from scrimmage. A truly electric playmaker. Dri Archer will be lucky to sniff Gio’s success. As for our QB, he’s better than that overrated (and overpaid) scrub you got. Our whole team is better.

  42. sandy102270 says: May 10, 2014 10:54 AM

    Can he play in the snow with the temp 15 degrees?

    Last time I checked kent st is in ohio. Pretty sure it’s cold there too
    ==================================
    Sure, the last game in November might be cold.

    **********************************************

    You realize Kent, OH is only about 30 miles from Cleveland, right? If the weather at Kent wasn’t an issue, I can’t see the weather in Pittsburgh being much different.

    I’d be more concerned about keeping him healthy. Physics dictates that guys his size getting hit by guys 25+ pounds heavier isn’t conducive to a lengthy career.

  43. bobzilla1001 says: May 10, 2014 11:08 AM

    holeinone:
    You are spot on about the Steelers’ great defenses of the recent past. But those athletic and mobile linebackers were enhanced by a brick wall, named Casey Hampton. Without a premier nose tackle, those lightweight linebackers might not be so effective.
    What separated the Steelers’ more recent 3-4 defenses from all the others was The Big Snack, who stopped the run almost singlehandedly. Having Aaron Smith in the lineup also was a bonus…

  44. blackngold4life says: May 10, 2014 11:39 AM

    How many games do the Steelers play in 15 degree weather? And isn’t Kent State im Ohio??

  45. engymass says: May 10, 2014 12:09 PM

    Speed kills…. Period. I like him….

  46. joewilliesshnoz says: May 10, 2014 12:09 PM

    Considering that Todd Haley calls 20 bubble screens a game, I guess it fits.

  47. holeinone09 says: May 10, 2014 12:20 PM

    Bobz, agree about Casey and Aaron, both awesome players. Great DL and LBs will help the secondary.

  48. bornsteel62 says: May 10, 2014 12:54 PM

    Obviously Steelers trying to fill a need for this type of player. Failed with Chris Rainey in ’12 draft. But I remember most fans very excited with what he brought to the equation. This guy prob won’t have the character issues that CR had seeing that he comes from the small school ala Jack Lambert.

    Having said that, I am still wondering WHAT is going on with IGNORING the GLARING HOLES & DEPTH ISSUES in the defensive backfield !!!

  49. bobzilla1001 says: May 10, 2014 4:49 PM

    If the Steelers’ D can’t stop the run — Steelers were 21st against the run in 2013 — the secondary becomes irrelevant. No one ran against Hampton, Smith, Kimo and Kiesel; and that made offenses one dimensional for the pass-rushing linebackers.
    The Steelers’ D starts with the nose tackle.

  50. Nofoolnodrool says: May 10, 2014 6:42 PM

    Thanks for the detailed update on a team coming off consecutive 8-8 seasons. Any news on the selections of the team that won the AFCN and has made 3 consecutive playoff appearances? I’m more interested in what’s going on with the better team.

    Win something besides a T-Shirt skippy and maybe…just maybe will let you sit with the big boys who have won a few Super Bowls in the last twenty years since your last playoff win. The one and dones are a joke like your comments….nothing new.

  51. jamson64 says: May 11, 2014 6:19 PM

    Bengals….hahahahahaha. You guys are only slightly less laughable than the Browns.

  52. jamson64 says: May 11, 2014 6:20 PM

    Can he play in the COLD? Do you know where Kent is????

  53. jtbsteeler says: May 12, 2014 2:40 PM

    After this draft Vegas has the Steelers odds of winning the SB are higher than the rest of the division.

    It’s May, two more months until we start the march to a division win.

    Look at our draft then look at the Ravens draft. LOL!!

  54. jtbsteeler says: May 12, 2014 2:41 PM

    The AFCN hates that we drafted Dri Archer. I can smell it.

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