Allen Kim

Dri Archer Almost Breaks Combine 40 Record

Created on Feb. 23, 2014 5:00 PM EST

Chris Johnson’s 40-yard dash NFL Scouting Combine record was nearly broken by Kent State RB Dri Archer today. The speedster ran 4.26 at the combine, falling just short of the record set by Johnson’s 4.24 from 2008. Archer comes in as the second fastest 40 time since 2006, with Marquise Goodwin’s 4.27 from last year being the third fastest.

“I'm going to break the record,” Archer boldly predicted the other day. While he ultimately fell short of breaking the record, he at least struck some fear into Johnson.

Chris Johnson tweeted out: “Can't lie archer had the boi nervous.”

No other running back came even close to touching Archer’s 40 time. Jerick McKinnon out of Georgia Southern was the next fastest, with a 4.41 time.

While his draft stock likely saw a nice boost after dazzling at the combine, the one problem is that he’s only had one good season in college. He rushed 159 times for 1,429 yards and 16 touchdowns, while catching 39 passes for 561 yards and another four touchdowns through the air in 2012. However, he has failed to rush for more than 527 yards and six touchdowns in any other season.

On top of his inconsistent play, he’s been injury-prone throughout his career, and his 5-8 size doesn’t make things look any better. He won’t be a full-time running back in the NFL, but some team should find a way to take advantage of his speed.

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