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May 9, 2014

Archer drafted by the Steelers

Kent State's Dri Archer was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the NFL Draft Friday night. The 97th pick overall, Archer caught the attention of pro football fans everywhere in February with a 40-yard dash time of 4.26 seconds at the NFL Combine, the second fastest recording in the history of the event.

Rated the No. 4 running back on Mel Kiper's (ESPN) positional rankings, Archer was also recognized as one of the top kick returners in the draft. He also gives the Steelers a potential punt returner and slot receiver.

Eleven Kent State alums were on NFL rosters in 2013 and Archer become fifth Golden Flash to be drafted in the first three rounds since 1997. Last season, the New York Jets drafted offensive lineman Brian Winters in the third round.

Archer also impressed NFL scouts at the combine putting up the 225-pound bench press 20 times and recording a 38-inch vertical jump.

In 2012, Archer set Kent State's single-season record for touchdowns with 23 (16 rushing, 4 receiving, 3 kick returns). His 9.0 yards per carry and 36.9 yards per kick return both led the nation.

Hampered by an injury for a portion of the 2013 season, Archer still managed to average 7.8 yards per carry and lead the Golden Flashes with 11 touchdowns. He also developed his skills as wide receiver, making 25 catches for 327 yards.

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