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Forget the tall receiver, Steelers go with one of the shortest, and fastest, in the draft

Third round pick Dri Archer is fast, which fits with a lot of what the Steelers appear to have planned to do in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has a rare high-end burst and acceleration, and that can be useful. Fans just have to hope they learned from their inability to get Chris Rainey the ball in space.

Alex Trautwig

Criticize the Steelers' decision to select Kent State running back Dri Archer all you want (and we have, and we will), but if nothing else, he's a remarkable athlete.

Whether a team wants to put a huge amount of stock into a player's Combine workout or not is their decision at their own risk, but if you're someone who enjoys athletics and has seen enough of it to be able to discern the talented from the truly gifted, you'll enjoy this highlight reel of Archer at the Combine.

Watch his burst up the field when he cuts around the pylon. The top end speed he reaches after he gets going is only slightly less impressive than as quickly as he reaches that point. It's fair to question how easy it will be to get Archer in a position to use that burst, but the fact is any player that can turn the corner that quickly, square his shoulders and get up field at that speed is rare, indeed.

The obvious issue here is the similarities to former Steelers running back Chris Rainey and it's hard to find the stomach to talk about how different he is. It's not even clear whether he even is different. The Steelers wanted to put a premium pick into a high speed weapon on the offensive side of the ball.

So nevermind the rhetoric about the "tall receiver," the Steelers got the opposite kind of weapon in the third round.