Has simply blinding speed. Sees holes, makes nice cuts in the open field, and is gone in an instant. Skilled and capable of making home run plays as a running back, slot receiver, and return man. Brings fantastic leaping ability and good hands as a receiver. Tough and strong for his size.
Very small for the NFL game and durability is a question mark. Will be challenged in blocking assignments and against big, physical defensive backs. Not really an effective short-yardage runner due to his stature. May be more a super-role player than an every-down guy.
Talented multi-purpose speedster with big-play talent.
Movements & Injuries
Ankle injury, out.
Signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers to a four-year contract.
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 3rd round (97th Overall) in 2014.
| 09/20/2015 8:31 PM
Archer went without a touch in Pittsburgh's 43-18 win against San Francisco Sunday.
Pittsburgh running back and kick returned Dri Archer moves to the backup role for Le'Veon Bell after the team waived LeGarrette Blount on Tuesday. | 11/18/2014 1:42 PM
Pittsburgh running back and kick returned Dri Archer moves to the backup role for Le'Veon Bell after the team waived LeGarrette Blount on Tuesday.
Archer's fantasy value is still minimal, given the high level Le'Veon Bell continues to show us, but Archer is now one twisted ankle away from a starting role.
Pittsburgh running back and kick returned Dri Archer has already been ruled out of Thursday's game against Baltimore. | 09/10/2014 4:18 PM
Pittsburgh running back and kick returned Dri Archer has already been ruled out of Thursday's game against Baltimore.
He left Sunday's game with a left knee and ankle issue and did not return. Even when healthy, Archer's fantasy value is minimal unless LeVeon Bell or LeGarrette Blount are injured.
Pittsburgh running back and kick returned Dri Archer left Sunday's game with a left knee and ankle issue. | 09/07/2014 4:38 PM
Pittsburgh running back and kick returned Dri Archer left Sunday's game with a left knee and ankle issue.
He did not return. Archer's fantasy value is minimal unless LeVeon Bell or LeGarrette Blount are injured.
Steelers view Archer as running back/wideout | 07/12/2014 3:35 PM
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed rookie Dri Archer will be used at running back and receiver.
Tomlin called Archer a "speed guy" that the Steelers will look to get touches in multiple roles. Archer played both positions at Kent State and has experience as a slot receiver. He could be limited to returning kicks as a rookie, but Archer has potential to make an offensive impact if he can find his way into four-wide packages or change-of-pace duties.
Steelers signed No. 97 overall pick RB/KR Dri Archer to a four-year contract.
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A pint-sized 5-foot-9, 167-pounds, Archer will feature on special teams, but not on offense. Archer never had more than 14 offensive touches in a season at Kent State. He's a low-ceiling player in Dynasty leagues.
Steelers envision Archer as return specialist | 05/25/2014 11:45 AM
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert compared third-round pick Dri Archer's potential NFL impact to ex-Lions return specialist Mel Gray.
It's a reminder that the Steelers see Archer as more of a return specialist than offensive impact player, though he may be involved in some packages. Gray was a 5-foot-9, 167-pound kick and punt returner who earned three first-team All-Pro berths. He never had more than 14 offensive touches in a season. Archer had four kick return TDs at Kent State. He didn't do much punt returning.
The Steelers are trying to teach third-round pick Dri Archer to return punts.
The franchise sees Archer as a kick and punt return prospect with some ability to be an "X factor" on offense. He's essentially OC Todd Haley's new Dexter McCluster. At 5'8/173, Archer is not a good bet for long-term fantasy impact.
Steelers selected Kent State OW Dri Archer with the No. 97 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Archer (5-foot-7 3/4, 173) was an all-purpose weapon for the Golden Flashes, amassing 1,956 yards and 22 touchdowns on 227 carries (8.62 YPC) over his final two seasons, to go with 99 college catches. Including four on kick returns, Archer accounted for 40 career TDs. His 4.26 forty was the fastest at the '14 Combine, and just .02 off Chris Johnson's record. Unfortunately, Archer will be a 23-year-old rookie and has likely maxed out physically. He'll probably always be below 180 pounds. Archer offers gadget and "package" potential, but we expect his fantasy impact to be negligible. The Steelers failed when picking Chris Rainey, and this is another shot in finding a similar player.