RB DRI ARCHER, KENT ST.

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5’8” – 175 lbs. – 4.40e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2009: 56 – 246 – 1 (4.2), 19 – 231 – 3 receiving (12.2)
2010: 40 – 140 – 1 (3.5)
2011: Redshirt
2012: 159 – 1,429 – 16 (9.0), 39 – 561 – 4 receiving (14.4), 1 pass TD, 3 KR TD

OVERVIEW:

Finished second on the team in rushing yards as a freshman, appearing in eleven games. Contributed in a reserve capacity once more in 2010, then redshirted in 2011 after breaking his wrist. Set Kent St.’s single-season touchdown record as a redshirt junior, leading the team in rushing and receiving while returning three kicks for touchdowns. Was voted a captain prior to his senior season.

POSITIVES:

•    Enjoyed an extraordinary redshirt junior season, with incredible per-touch averages.
•    Not strictly a running back, has also lined up extensively at wide receiver in college.
•    Overall size isn’t quite as glaring a weakness if considered to be a slot receiver.
•    Very explosive player, gets up to top speed quickly and is very difficult to chase down.
•    Makes crisp cuts once he finds a crease, also agile enough to make defenders miss.
•    Capable of making it through small holes which bigger runners wouldn’t be able to hit.
•    Has good instincts with the ball in his hands, generally knows how to maximize yards.
•    Skills as a receiver are pretty polished, runs decent routes and has good body control.
•    If nothing else, his three kick return touchdowns in 2012 suggest he is a threat there.

NEGATIVES:

•    Ended up dealing with some minor injuries as a senior, causing production to plummet.
•    Remains dramatically undersized but has gained nearly twenty pounds since 2009.
•    Very weak runner who is regularly brought down by minor contact or arm tackles.
•    Certainly not someone who has much of a future as any sort of regular interior runner.
•    Needs to bounce his runs to the outside, but occasionally loses lots of yards doing so.
•    Small hands may lead to problems with ball security, as well as trouble with drops.
•    Broken wrist in 2011 supports the theory that his body will not hold up in the NFL.

SUMMARY:

Archer contributed as a runner, as a receiver, and as a kick returner at Kent St., and looks like he could do all three of those things in the NFL, although offensively he’ll almost certainly be limited to a change-of-pace capacity, where he comes onto the field for a handful of snaps per game. Assuming the team that drafts him is willing to devise packages and plays which take advantage of his unique skillset, he should be successful as long as his body holds up.

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