Steelers draft results: Pittsburgh selects Kent State RB Dri Archer

Alex Trautwig

Steelers select MAC speed demon Dri Archer with 97th overall pick in 2014 NFL Draft.

The last two players who made names for themselves from Kent State University were mean, nasty, brutal men who bludgeoned and swatted their way into legend.

The latest draft selection the Steelers made, Kent State's Dri Archer, is extremely fast and quicker than greased lightning.

It's a different team than when Steelers Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Lambert led the team to four Super Bowls in the 1970s. It's different even than when James Harrison helped bring the team to three AFC Championships and two rings.

Maybe it's not all that different for running backs, though.

Archer, a slight but insanely fast running back probably better described as a special teams player, is from Florida and excelled as a track athlete - similar to one Chris Rainey, the Steelers' fifth round pick in 2012.

Archer doesn't appear to have the same off-the-field issues Rainey did (allegations of assault against his girlfriend in the 2013 offseason found him released after one underwhelming season in Pittsburgh).

But he does have the same level of speed. More, even. Archer had the top 40-time at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, clocking a 4.26.

As a dual threat at KSU, Archer was a finalist for the recently minted Paul Hournug Award, given to the nation's most versatile player. The award was given to LSU WR/KR Odell Beckham.

Was Archer a consolation prize - the special teams contributor the Steelers needed at some point in this draft? They selected him perhaps a tad high considering the fact he's 175 pounds and doesn't appear to able to run anywhere near the middle of the line of scrimmage.

Of the three picks the Steelers had in the first three rounds, this is without question the most questionable one.

The draft continues Saturday at noon ET.

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