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Pittsburgh Steelers Sign Third Round Pick Dri Archer to a Four-Year Contract

June 13th, 2014 at 9:28 PM
By Mark Mihalko

One day after the Pittsburgh Steelers extended the contract of center Maukice Pouncey, the team reached a contract agreement with one of their two remaining unsigned draft choices: Dri Archer. At this point, no specific details of the four-year contract have been released.

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Archer was the fastest player (official 4.26, hand-timed 4.16 40-yard dash) at the combine and has an intriguing skillset. Unfortunately, at 5-7, 176-pounds, there are a ton of durability questions. Quick and explosive, he has the versatility to play multiple positions on offense and special teams; likely, he will take on a role similar to former Kansas City Chiefs dynamo Dexter McCluster.

Although he is small, he does play a physical game and will not shy away from contact. Good hands, he looks the part of an explosive slot receiver that can take the top off the defense. Of course, he will have to stay healthy and demonstrate the ability to take the pounding in the NFL. On top of the obvious size limitations and questions, he also has some performance questions coming from a smaller school and conference. He will also have to adjust to a position change of sorts, as he was a running back in college and will not likely be able to withstand the punishment from running between the tackles in the NFL.

With Archer now under contract, the Steelers can turn their attention to second round pick Stephon Tuitt, their only remaining unsigned rookie.

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Tags: Dexter McCluster, Dri Archer, Football, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Stephon Tuitt

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