Sept 8, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kent State Golden Flashes running back Dri Archer (1) runs the ball against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium. Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

NFL rumors: One scout timed Dri Archer at 4.18 seconds


Kent State running back Dri Archer got the NFL draft community buzzing over the weekend, when he clocked an official time of 4.26 seconds in the 40-yard dash. While the “official” times are determined from electronic times at the NFL Scouting Combine, teams will often go by their own hand held times.

For Archer, that means some additional time will be shaved off of his 40.

According to Pro Football Talk, one NFL scout had Archer timed at an incredible 4.18 seconds.

That time would put Archer only behind the legendary Bo Jackson (4.12), Michael Bennett (4.13), Darrell Green (4.15), and Ahman Green (4.17).

Of course, 40-yard dash times do not equal success in the NFL, but that kind of speed is enough to get any NFL team excited about the possibility of adding Archer to their offensive attack.

The real question will be whether or not Archer remains at running back at the next level.

With his size and injury concerns, there could be a number of teams that are interested in moving Archer to wide receiver where he can use his speed to stretch the field.

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  • Eric Huber

    Archer played in the slot quite often at Kent during his sophomore year. He sends to have good hands and runs average routes. He did fight for the ball in traffic better than the average smallish slot WR.