Horseshoe Mailbag: Colts to target return specialist in draft?


This weeks questions pertains to a player out of Kent State named Dri Archer.

Question: Do you see the Colts using a prospect like Dri Archer? They hosted a private workout.

Archer posted the fastest 40 time(4.26) at the combine since Chris Johnson posted his 4.24 in 2008. He was a four year player at Kent State as he totaled 21 touchdowns throughout his career.

He rushed for over 1,400 yards as a junior, but during his senior year that number dropped to a mere 527 yards. His height and size will come into question since he only measured in a 5’8″ and 173 pounds, durability is a major concern at this point.

As he will not be used as an every down back or even a change of pace, his best attribute to a team will be in the return game. The Colts have never had a Devin Hester like player in that department, and while Archer may never be Hester he does show the potential to become a lethal threat.

Teams will try to find a way to get Archer the ball, but that may be a challenge if his size does not allow him to stay healthy.

The Colts recently hosted a private workout for him, and that basically tells fans nothing as they will host several players to do their due diligence. With his combine workouts he may have fought his way into the third to fourth round range, something the Colts will be looking at safeties and offensive lineman more so than at a player at best to be a return specialist.

However, if Archer falls into the last two round the Colts may take a chance on Archer. The debate is up in the air between scouts on his future, and for now rightly so as he may become a vital weapon, too many concerns with his game will come into question for now.

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