04/29/14 - 2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver: Dri Archer, Kent State, 5-08, 173, 4.26...Archer is instant danger who can get to the end zone as fast as anybody who has ever played the game. Anybody. Really. He has the fastest time ever clocked in 40 yards at an Indianapolis combine -- 4.16 seconds, although his announced time was 4.26 seconds. He was used in college as a running back, wide receiver and as a returner who scored four touchdowns on kickoffs and would have scored more but teams kicked away from him.
An injury marred senior season (ankle)lends credence to concerns about his slight frame and durability. Frankly: Yes, Archer is small and probably fragile. But he's bigger and faster than Trindon Holliday (5-5, 170, Broncos in 2013) and you can't hurt what you can't catch. OK, go ahead and say it -- right now Al Davis is trying to communicate with son Mark to draft this kid. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/27/14 - 2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 7. While Muema elected not to participate, Kent State's Dri Archer certainly did, recording the 40-yard dash in a staggering 4.26 seconds. Archer came up short of the combine record, but left no debate as to who the fastest running back is at the 2014 Scouting Combine, posting a 4.26-second 40-yard dash on Sunday. The former Kent St. speedster was a full 0.15 faster than Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon.
While the NFL credits Chris Johnson with the combine record with a 4.24 clocking in 2008, NFLDraftScout.com records list Trindon Holliday (2010) and Marquise Goodwin (2013) with 4.21 times. Archer's 4.26 ranks in a tie for seventh-fastest since 2000. Everyone knew Archer was fast. The bigger question entering the combine was the straight-line speed of some of the elite running backs in this class. Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated running back entering the week, turned in a highly disappointing 4.70 time that could certainly affect his draft stock. - The Sports Xchange
12/15/13 - 2013 ALL-MAC THIRD TEAM: Kickoff Return Specialist - Dri Archer, Kent State...Archer also joined elite company, earning all-conference honors at two different positions for the second straight season. Earning third team honors this season at both wide receiver and kick returner, he owns the rare distinction of claiming All-MAC accolades at three different positions. In 2012, Archer was a first team member at both kick returner and running back. Despite missing the better part of four games this season, he led the Flashes with 11 total touchdowns and 982 all-purpose yards. - Kent State football