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Steelers Select Kent State RB Dri Archer In 3rd Round Of 2014 NFL Draft


The Pittsburgh Steelers third round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft has been made and it’s Kent state running back Dri Archer.

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DRI ARCHER
Wide Receiver/Tailback/Return Specialist
Kent State University Golden Flashes
#1
5:07.6-173
Laurel, Florida
Venice High School

OVERVIEW

An early 2013 season ankle injury did what no other opponent could do in 2012 – stop Dri Archer. The highly versatile athlete had an outstanding junior campaign, where he rushed for at least 100 yards five times, producing two 200-yard performances, as he twice gained over 100 yards on kickoff returns. In fourteen games, he registered at least 100 all-purpose yards thirteen times, registering seven 200-yard efforts and another that amassed 350 yards.

In contrast, thanks to that nagging ankle sprain, Archer managed just two 100-yard rushing games in 2013. He gained 100 all-purpose yards only four times, two that went over the 200-yard barrier. Still, he would conclude his Golden Flash career second in school history with forty total touchdowns, eighth with twenty-four scoring scampers, tied for sixth with twelve touchdown grabs, ninth with 2,342 yards rushing, seventh with 1,436 kickoff return yards, tenth with 99 receptions and third with 4,980 all-purpose yards, along with 240 points.

Among the NCAA’s active Football Bowl Subdivision performers, Archer’s four kickoff returns for touchdowns rank second, as his rushing average of 7.21 yards placed third. His forty total touchdowns is seventh, as is his kickoff return average of 28.16 yards, which is also a school record and second in Mid-American Conference annals.

Archer concluded his career ranking in the Top Ten on the school’s record charts in sixteen separate categories, along with inking his name into the conference record list five times and the NCAA books three times. He also holds the distinction of being the first player in school history to ever receive Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American honors (2012).

Archer size is not ideal for usage as an every down ball carrier, but the A-Back has the experience and quickness to play a variety of roles for an NFL franchise, much like Darren Sproles and Tavon Austin are doing carving out a “living” in the professional ranks. Even though he is a shade under 175 pounds, he has proven to have the leg drive to break tackles and the cutting ability to turn a short run into a big gain – evident by his yards-per-carry (7.21) and yards-per touch (10.35 all-purpose yards per attempt) averages.

Any teams that might have been concerned about his strength had those thoughts eased when Archer put on an impressive performance in the weight room at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine when he recorded twenty repetitions in the 225-pound bench press test, the eighth-best figure for all running backs in attendance.

Further testing out on the track was truly eye-opening for all that witnessed Archer’s performance in Indianapolis. He not only timed the fastest of the 335-plus players at the Combine, but his 4.26-second 40-yard clocking was the fastest for any player, outside of tailback Chris Johnson (4.24 in 2008) during the last decade of Combine testing. His 20-yard shuttle time of 4.06 seconds was second-best for the running backs in 2014 and his 6.86-second three-cone drill was fourth-best for the ball carriers tested.

Playing in the state of Florida for Venice High School, Archer was lightly recruited, leading to him eventually venturing to Ohio to play major college football. At Venice High, he received just a two-star prospect grade from both Rivals.com and Scout,com. Much like his career at Kent State, Archer relied upon his versatility, as he competed as a running back, slot receiver and return specialist.

Archer was named team MVP, first team all-area and second team all-conference during his senior year. In 2008, he rushed for 1,482 yards and 17 touchdowns on just 145 carries (10.2 ypc), while adding 21 receptions for 402 yards and five scores. He helped lead the team to back-to-back district titles and an undefeated 2008 regular season.

Archer returned kicks for the Indians, averaging 22.3 yards on both kickoffs and punts, including running back one punt for a touchdown. He also lettered in track and baseball, finishing second in the 100-meter final of the state track meet in his first full season of running (ahead of third place Denard Robinson, former Michigan quarterback and present Jacksonville Jaguar) with a time of 10.49 seconds.

Archer enrolled at Kent State in 2009, where the 155-pound freshman served as a reserve tailback. He scored three times on nineteen catches for 231 yards, carrying the pigskin 58 times for 246 yards (4.24 ypc) and a touchdown. He also averaged 24.18 yards on eleven kickoff returns, finishing his first campaign with 743 all-purpose yards.

As a sophomore, Archer remained on the second unit at tailback, but did not get many opportunities to tote the ball on offense. He had 22 kickoff returns for 451 yards (20.5 avg), but was given only forty carries, producing 140 yards (3.5 ypc) while reaching the end zone just once. He snatched sixteen short tosses, good for 75 yards and another touch-down in 2010. He appeared to have secured the A-Back position in KSU’s new offense during 2011 spring camp, but was later ruled academically ineligible and was forced to sit out the entire season.

There were several changes on offense when Archer returned to the varsity in 2012, including several changes by Archer, who shed jersey #28 that he wore during his first two years for jersey #1. He also arrived back for fall camp twenty pounds heavier than the last time he played, checking in at 175 pounds. He also had to adjust to life as an A-Back after being utilized from the tailback slot previously.

The 2012 campaign turned out to be a sensational one for both Archer and the Golden Flashes. The junior would not only lead the team to just their third bowl appearance in school history, and their first since 1972, but he shattered KSU season-record with 23 total touchdowns and 2,577 all-purpose yards. He also set the school and Mid-American Conference records with a 36.94-yard kickoff return average, along with returning three of those kicks for scores.

Archer led the nation with an average of 8.99 yards per carry, toting the pigskin 159 times for 1,429 yards, the third-best yardage output in school history. He also snared 39 passes for 561 yards (14.38 ypc) and four scores. Additionally, he reached the end zone with his arm, throwing a 24-yard option pass for a score vs. Army. He would be named the MAC’s Special Teams Player of the Year and was one of the finalists for the Paul Hornung award (nation’s most versatile player), in addition to being named a consensus All-American.

Archer was primed for yet another banner campaign in 2013, but in the first quarter of the season opener vs. Liberty, he suffered a badly sprained left ankle. It was first feared to be a fracture, which would have cost the senior both the season and end his college career. He fought through the pain most of the schedule, first missing the next week vs. Bowling Green and then the fourth game vs. Penn State after he was re-injured a week prior in the Louisiana State clash.

Archer managed to play in ten games, but was limited to 25 receptions for 327 yards (13.04 ypc) and four scores. He picked up 527 yards on 68 carries (7.75 ypc), reaching the end zone six more times. He was only utilized as a kickoff returner twice, but ran one back a school record 100 yards for a touchdown vs. Northern Illinois.

CAREER NOTES

Archer started 21-of-47 games at Kent State – twenty at the A-Back position and one as a tailback…Caught 99 passes for 1,194 yards (12.06 ypc) and twelve touchdowns…Gained 2,342 yards with 24 scores on 325 carries (7.21 ypc)…Returned 51 kickoffs for 1,436 yards and four touchdowns…Also completed a 24-yard pass for a score, adding eight yards on six punt returns while also recording three solo tackles…Generated 4,980 all-purpose yards, an average of 105.96 yards per game, as he recorded a total of forty touchdowns and scored 240 points…Mid-American Conference Career-Record Results…Archer’s forty total touchdowns tied P.J. Pope of Bowling Green (2002-04) for 16th place on the league record chart…His kickoff return average of 28.16 yards ranks fourth in MAC annals behind  Bryan Williams of Akron (20.5 avg, 2007-08), James Williams of Marshall (29.4 avg, 1998-99) and Eric Page of Toledo (28.9 avg, 2009-10)…School Career-Record Results…Archer ranks tenth in school annals with 99 receptions, as his twelve scoring grabs tied Jurron Kelly (1998-01) for sixth on the school all-time list…His forty total touchdowns are one shy of the school record of 41 that is held by Josh Cribbs (2001-04)…Finished ninth on the KSU rushing record list with 2,342 yards and eighth with twety-four touchdowns on the ground…His 1,436 yards gained via kickoff returns rank seventh in school annals, while his average of 28.16 yards per kickoff return topped the previous Golden Flash record of 24.5 yards by Norman Warren (1977-79)…Also set the team record with four kickoff returns for touchdowns…His 240 points scored are third-best at the school behind Josh Cribbs (246; 2001-04) and Freddy Cortez (299; 2009-12).

SEASON NOTES

Archer established school records with thirteen games that he gained at least 100 all-purpose yards in 2012. That figure included seven games with at least 200 yards and one for over 300 yards…Mid-American Conference Season-Record Results…Archer’s 138 points scored in 2012 rank fourth on the league chart behind Bernard Pierce of Temple (162 in 2011), Randy Moss of Marshall (152 in 1997) and Travis Prentice of Miami, Ohio (150 in 1997)…His twenty-three total touchdowns in 2012 tied Chester Taylor of Toledo (2001) for fourth on the MAC chart, surpassed by Bernard Pierce (27 in 2011), Travis Prentice (25 in 1997) and Randy Moss (25 in 1997)…His kickoff return average of 36.94 yards in 2012 topped the previous record of 32.9 yards per return by James Williams of Marshall in 1999…School Season-Record Results…Archer’s 1,423 yards rushing in 2012 rank behind Eugene Jarvis (1,669 in 2007) and Julian Edelman (1,551 in 2008) on the KSU annual record list…His 23 total touchdowns broke the previous mark of eighteen scores by Larry Poole in 1973 and Eugene Baker in 1997…His sixteen touchdown runs as a junior rank third on the Golden Flash list…His 2,577 all-purpose surpassed the old school mark of 2,074 yards by Eric Wilkerson in 1987…His average of 36.94 yards per kickoff return in 2012 broke the old record of 32.6 yards by Orin Richburg in 1967.

GAME NOTES

Archer’s 241 yards rushing vs. Bowling Green in 2012 is the fifth-highest total in school history…His 222 yards on the ground vs. Army in 2012 rank ninth on that game chart…His 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown vs. Northern Illinois in 2013 tied the school mark that was first set by Norman Warren vs. Eastern Kentucky in 1979.

SEASON ANALYSIS

2013 SEASON

Archer played in ten games, starting nine contests at A-Back…Recorded 327 yards with four touchdowns on 25 receptions (13.08 ypc)…Carried 68 times for 527 yards (7.75 ypc) and six scores…Returned two kickoffs for 128 yards and one touchdown…Scored 66 points behind a total of eleven touchdowns, as he also recorded a pair of solo tackles and generated 982 all-purpose yards…Archer’s final campaign almost ended before it got a chance to start, as he suffered a badly sprained left ankle in the first quarter of the season opener vs. Liberty…What was first thought to be a fracture was just a sprain and after sitting out the next week vs. Bowling Green, he returned briefly vs. Louisiana State, but the ankle could not handle the work load, missing most of that contest and the next week vs. Penn State…Would not fully recover until late in the season…The team offensive captain was named MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown vs. Northern Illinois…

Named to All-MAC Third Team as both a wide receiver and a kick returner… Averaged 7.8 yards per carry… Led team in scoring with 66 points and 11 total touchdowns. Tied for team lead in rushing touchdowns (6)… Led team with 982 all-purpose yards… Rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns in win at Ohio. Also caught five passes for 53 yards, giving him 191 yards of total offense… Scored on a 20 yard touchdown run in the victory over Miami, this was his eighth rushing touchdown this season… Rushed 10 times for 115 yards, including a 74 yard touchdown run as well as a 73 yard touchdown catch in the loss at South Alabama. Archer accumulated 199 yards of total offense and 227 all-purpose yards… Caught a 14 yard touchdown pass during the loss to Ball State… Caught a 66 yard touchdown pass as well as returning a kick 100 yards for a touchdown (tying Norman Warren in 1979 for longest in school history) during the loss to Northern Illinois… Caught a 31 yard touchdown pass during the win at Western Michigan… In his first full game back from the injury list, he snared four balls for 48 yards and a 31-yard score, adding 73 yards on six carries vs. Western Michigan…In addition to his kickoff return for a score, he caught a swing pass that Archer turned into a 66-yard touchdown vs. Northern Illinois…

He added a 14-yard scoring grab vs. Ball State and picked up 114 yards on ten carries with a 74-yard touchdown run, as he also tallied 85 yards on two catches that included a 75-yard score vs. South Alabama…Generated 83 yards on twelve runs and reached the end zone on a 17-yard carry, knocking down All-American defensive end Khalil Mack to leap over the pylon vs. Buffalo…Closed out his career with fifteen attempts for 138 yards and three touchdowns, as he also made five catches for 53 yards vs. Ohio University.

2012 SEASON

Archer earned All-American honors from The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press, Walter Camp, ESPN.com, Sporting News and Phil Steele…Named Mid-American Conference Special Teams Player of the Year and All-MAC first-team as both a running back and kick returner…One of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, honoring nation’s most versatile player…Finished the year with 1,429 rushing yards (third most in a season at KSU) on just 159 carries with sixteen touchdowns, as his average of 8.99 yards per attempt topped the nation…Named Dapper Dan Club of Akron’s Co-Sports Person of the Year…Led the team with 39 catches for 561 yards (14.38 ypc) and four touchdowns… Returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and averaged 36.9 yards on sixteen kick returns (highest in MAC history), good for 591 yards…Named to Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll three times throughout the season…Earned the Joe Fogg Award, honoring national collegiate player of the year in the Midwest…Named MAC East Player of the Week for his performance vs. Bowling Green, after rushing 17 times for 241 yards and two touchdowns that both went for over 70 yards in the 31-24 victory. His 241 yards broke a Doyt Perry Stadium record…Amassed 217 yards vs. Towson, as he carried eight times for 57 yards with two scores, returned two kickoffs for 155 yards and a 98-yard touchdown, as he also had an 8-yard catch…Raced 47 yards for a touchdown and tallied 205 all-purpose yards vs. Kentucky…Exploded for a career-high 350 all-purpose yards, rushing eight times for 72 yards, catching three passes for 104 yards and two scores, including a 33-yarder and returned four kickoffs for 174 yards with a 99-yard touchdown vs. Ball State…Gained 127 yards on fourteen rushes vs. Buffalo and carried twelve times for 229 yards and a score, as he also threw a 24-yard pass for a touchdown vs. Army…Ran for a 30-yard score on eleven tries for 129 yards vs. Akron and carried eleven times for 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns, adding 54 yards and a score on two catches and a 13-yard kickoff return for 218 all-purpose yards in the Miami (Oh.) clash…Followed with 241 yards on seventeen runs vs. Bowling Green.

2011 SEASON

Archer did not play after he was ruled academically ineligible…A course he retook did not count, so he fell below minimum standard…Attended practices that season and used extra time to get his academics in order.

2010 SEASON

Archer appeared in twelve games at tailback, but managed just 75 yards on sixteen catches with a score and 140 yards on forty carries (3.50 ypc) that included one touch-down…Gained 451 yards on 22 kickoff returns (20.5 avg).

2009 SEASON

A reserve tailback as a true freshman, Archer finished fourth on the team with 743 all-purpose yards.. Was second on the squad with 246 rushing yards on 58 carries (4.2 ypc) and also had 19 grabs for 231 yards…Posted four total touchdowns (three receiving, one rushing)…Led the team with a 24.18-yard average on 11 kick returns for 266 yards.

INJURY REPORT

2012 Season…Archer suffered a left ankle sprain in the season finale vs. Ohio University that limited his playing time vs. Northern Illinois in the conference title game…Suffered a knee sprain in the second quarter vs. Arkansas State at the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

2013 Season…Suffered a left ankle sprain in the first quarter of the season opener vs. Liberty, missing the rest of that game and the following week vs. Bowling Green…Came back to play vs. Louisiana State, but left that contest when he re-injured the ankle and sat out the next clash vs. Penn State.

AGILITY TESTS

4.26 in the 40-yard dash…1.49 10-yard dash…2.51 20-yard dash…4.06 20-yard shuttle…

6.86 three-cone drill…38-inch vertical jump…10’-2” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times…31-inch arm length…8 7/8-inch hands…73 5/8-inch wingspan.

HIGH SCHOOL

Archer attended Vencice (Laurel, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach John Peacock…Received just a two-star prospect grade from both Rivals.com and Scout.com… Named team MVP, first team all-area and second team all-conference during his senior year…In 2008, he rushed for 1,482 yards and 17 touchdowns on just 145 carries (10.2 ypc), while adding 21 receptions for 402 yards and five scores…Helped lead the team to back-to-back district titles and an undefeated 2008 regular season…Returned kicks for the Indians, averaging 22.3 yards on both kickoffs and punts, including running back one punt for a touchdown…Also lettered in track and baseball, finishing second in the 100-meter final of the state track meet in his first full season of running (ahead of third place Denard Robinson, former Michigan quarterback and present Jacksonville Jaguar) with a time of 10.49 seconds.

PERSONAL

Archer is majoring in Business Management…Son of Valerie Hart…Born 8/09/91…Resides in Laurel, Florida.

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  • Addison

    Ok now let your hate flags fly. I don’t understand this pick one hit and it’s lights out

  • Jon Crissinger

    The Steelers timed this kid faster than 4.2?! He’s a freaking rocketship!

  • Smashmouth

    well here’s our new return man

  • Daniel

    Chris Rainey????

  • Caesar

    Waste. Haven’t we learned that Haley doesn’t know how to use these guys? He couldn’t make McCluster work in KC. He didn’t know how to use Rainey in Pittsburgh. What makes us think he will be able to figure out what to do with this guy? Take Ellington if you want a small speed guy, someone with some more complete skills.

  • Brian Tollini

    If you would have given be 40 guesses of who we would take here I would have failed miserably.

  • nicolaisim

    I LOVE the two first selections but I absolutely dislike this pick.
    We could have snatched up a starting-caliber CB like Keith McGill which would have helped the team a lot, if not this year, then next year.
    Hope Todd Haley finds a way to make this kid a contributor on offense – returner is simply not enough with the 3rd round pick, in my mind.

  • Game_Time

    Although he is a freak of nature when it come to speed…..Could have waited to find a specialty player when Jaylen Watkins CB and Martavis Bryant WR are still on the board

  • Reader783

    I don’t not like Dri Archer, but I really would have liked to have a 6’4″ WR in Martavis Bryant. Jeez, how do we pass up on that here? Guess they have one lined up later on.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If u have not watched anything on Archer you should…this guy had big plays every game for Kent St…he is a special kid

  • Superdriller316

    On the Steelers site they have Dri’s picture with Martavis Bryant’s name

  • Steelers12328882

    Love it! Change of pace back, slot receiver and return man all in one. Just hope he can stay injury free and hold onto the ball. Thought the Steelers would go Jaylen Watkins tho.

  • nicolaisim

    And not to mention Martavis Bryant, WR.. really don’t get it.

  • Smashmouth

    CB next pick 118 i believe then all offense

  • Matthew Suloman

    Need I say more about the idiocy. Guess Haley sucks a lot of…

  • Steelers12328882

    Cause he drops a lot of balls. Easy comparison to Limas Sweed.

  • GhettoBelligerent

    We are turning into the Raiders – just draft the fastest guy. Did we not learn from Chris Rainey? How about Martavis Bryant? Let me see this guy break a tackle and then I’m wrong.

  • James Miles

    This is an outstanding pick. I watched this kid play and he plays lights out. Get ready Steeler fans, you are about to see something amazing!!!!!!!

  • Weiss Chad

    Rb/slot reciever/kickoff returner.I like it

  • Crazy Bone

    Colbert just had to give Haley a small RB who can only get a few touches a game. What a dumb pick. I really an sick of watching the Steelers try and get the next McCluster each year…as if McCluster is a star. This team needs a corner and instead they do this small RB nonsense in round three.

  • pittsburghjoe

    You got that right. They drafted Rainey in the 5th. What makes this guy worth a 3rd? Horrible Pick at this point in the draft. Should have waited.

  • scott2443

    impressive stats….guess they found return guy n change of pace guy….another (what pick) though ….guess cb`s we have are ok …maybe they got sights on a canada or arena cb ……speed kills they say so chalk up one more speedy gonzales for the steelers

  • Matthew Suloman

    Way to trade that 3rd last year, which actually was used for Landry Jones!! Their ineptitude is apparent as Moncrief nix Gaines were snatched up. Way to take rainey

  • chris ward

    Haley was pounding his fist on the table for Archer, likes those change of pace backs. Nice pick for the Steelers.

  • CW

    Hope he doesn’t turn out to be like Rainey. However if he really can play slot receiver, change of pace back, and cover kick and punt return duties then he could be worth the pick especially if he stays healthy.

  • James Miles

    Don’t hate on this kid, he is a big league talent!!!!!!!!

  • Rob

    Plenty of corners to be had in the 4th. I’d still love to see a nose tackle taken somewhere. I suspect we go corner with both 4s

  • pittsburghjoe

    Yeah..just like Chris Rainey.

  • afrazier9

    Are u kidding me why couldn’t we wait he would been there later is this worst the Landry jones pick no but bad it was

  • Starbuck63

    Hmmmmmm….
    Warp drive does not to begin to describe this guy’s speed but I get this horrible mental picture of him and somebody like Terrell Suggs colliding head-on at full speed….
    I don’t think that would end well for Archer…

  • Matthew Suloman

    No love it…

  • CW

    Only 1 4th round pick. 2 5th round picks and 2 6th round picks. 1 7th as well.

  • Steelers12328882

    Need some tissues?

  • Addison

    I was so high on this draft till now. My ballon is deflated.

  • Matthew Suloman

    What offense…

  • Matthew Suloman

    Amazing bust??

  • Jason Vancil

    They will get a good CB at 4.118 or use the 5th and 6th to trade up.

  • Matthew Suloman

    Word! Thank you

  • WilliamSekinger

    This kid was not a reach, has no character concerns. Stop hating so much. They pick again in 15 more selections.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Yeah, a real Chinese Bottle Rocket. How does this guy deserve a 3rd round pick when Rainey was drafted in the 5th and rocketshipped right out of PITT.

  • Addison

    Why do they keeping this high risk game in the top rounds. Is this guy a future starter? NO

  • afrazier9

    We are now possess by al davis

  • Jason Vancil

    He is bigger and faster than Trindon Holliday.

  • Iron Cadet

    ben got his big receiver!

  • James Miles

    We could have had this kid in the 6th round……easy!!!!

  • Matthew Suloman

    Dude.. Seriously?

  • Jason Vancil

    You don’t know that.

  • Matthew Suloman

    You mean colberts meat

  • WilliamSekinger

    What is so high risk about this pick?

  • pittsburghjoe

    I was hoping for Martavius Bryant with this pick.

  • Iron Cadet

    definitely not

  • Craig Ressler

    Yeah, or draft DeAnthony Thomas two rounds later. Crap!

  • WIINGY

    Not really a fan of the pick, but Rainey is slow compared to this guy.

  • Brendon Glad

    That pick does zero for me. He can only pray he’s as good as Darren Sproles, and Darren Sproles was available. So I don’t get it.

  • Steelers@2010

    WR Martavis Bryant and CB Dessir was siting there and they pass? I don’t understand this pick at all!!! What The #$%&#$%!!!!!!! Tomlin and Colbert just had to screw it up.

  • Craig Ressler

    What happen to needing a CB, haha!?

  • James Miles

    Sure I do. Who else was going to touch this 5’7 midget. This isn’t Pee Wee football. Large men play this game.

  • dkoy85

    Welcome to Steelersdepot. We need somebody who ONLY contributes negatively.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Yes, we have learned. But unfortunately, we are not employed by the Steelers. Did they go to the sports bar after they drafted Tuitt? They could not have done this sober.

  • Steelers@2010

    Exactly! They could have gotten this guy in the 5th easy; they reached for this kid and left two players of need on the board. Thsi was a dumb move IMO.

  • george

    So you spend a third round pick on a return man? No CB no OLB!

  • Ken

    comparing him to Rainey isn’t right. This guy plays fast as his speed indicates. Rainey didn’t!

  • Matthew Suloman

    Tru

  • Weiss Chad

    It was used for shmarko

  • DNore

    I went to Kent and saw him play and he just was one of those players that would do something amazing every game..maybe a round earlier than I wanted, but this kid will do special things..rainey is a poor man’s Dri Archer

  • Jason Vancil

    Ever heard of Dexter McCluster or Trindon Holliday?

  • pittsburghjoe

    So did Colbert. Dont feel bad.

  • dkoy85

    A lot of what? Im assuming it ends with your wife. Sorry if its true.

  • WilliamSekinger

    And he is as clean as a whistle. Nothing wrong with his character. Some are just butt hurt tonight I guess.

  • James Miles

    I have not and there is probably a good reason for that!

  • george

    Theres alot of special kids in this draft. That doesnt mean you draft a RB when you re pitifully short on OLB and CB!

  • Craig Ressler

    Yeah, I know, right. McCluster hasn’t done anything. Why would you want to mimic that!?

  • steeltown

    How so? He just might be the opening day return man and scat back

  • WilliamSekinger

    Uhm…wow…

  • Ryan

    U mad?

  • Matthew Suloman

    Haley’s mouth

  • steeltown

    Huh

  • Jason Vancil

    Do you follow the NFL?

  • Steelers@2010

    If he turns out to be something special, I will have my Crow well done with onions and a side of gravy on the side. Ok, if Bryant drops a lot of balls, why not take the CB Desir at that pick? I don’t get it.

  • Smashmouth

    no i wouldn’t but they did.

  • Matthew Suloman

    Plenty of ammo to trade up? F’in joke

  • Smashmouth

    FOFLOL

  • Addison

    Injury. It’s Chris Rainey light. He’s a limited player. 3rd round specialty player. I’ll calm down tomorrow, but a deep draft and they reach for him. I really really hope I eat my words this year. I’ll eat my hat if he doesn’t have a concussion by week 3.

  • Steelers12328882

    Actually there’s more depth at those 2 positions then there is at RB.

  • steeltown

    Still have Desir, EJGaines, Aiken, Watkins, McGill, Cockrell, Breeland who am I missing…

  • Jon Crissinger

    Both Bryant and Desir are really missing some stuff between the ears. Not smart guys. Plus Martavius Bryant, as great as his measurable numbers are, is a thug. Major character concerns.

  • scott2443

    i was like no wheres cb and though oh no not another so so pick but i just watched tape on this kid hes like grease lighting and not only can run but catch also if you thought wallace could take top off a def this kids faster give him a corner and by time def gets there hes gone i see alot td returns coming for this kid

  • dkoy85

    Skip on Bryant any round. Too many drops… would you take Sweed in the 7th? As for Desir… bummed a little he wasnt our pick. Still trying to figure out the Archer pick but I’m not disappointed with it.

  • Michelob

    Love this draft so far. Archer runs like he has a jet pack attached to him. Perfect compliment to Bell and Blount and I bet he can play some slot receiver to boot

  • Matthew Suloman

    They can’t afford to trade away picks… EVER again, but they will. ‘ well once again we thought it really broke well for us

  • Brendon Glad

    Wow. The Steelers must have something in mind that I ain’t seeing. Because we certainly don’t need to get smaller at WR….and we tried the “scatback” thing with Rainey, and seemingly have a 3 down back for everything but short yardage…AND then got that covered. So man, that guy must be special….or Colbert is doing that thing he tends to do after the second round and before undrafted FA time….which is pick guys who don’t do much for the Steelers.

  • eadtuff

    Man, I usually never read the comments after draft picks, dunno why I did this time. LOL yeah let’s fire Colbert an hour after drafting a guy we don’t like.

  • Jon Crissinger

    Steelers brought in Shaquille Richardson. Lol and everyone’s forgotten these two, but Louchiez Purifoy and Marcus Roberson from Florida are still there.

  • Game_Time

    5th rounders – Aaron Colvin / Terrance Mitchell….. 7th Rounders – Antone Exum / Loucheiz Purifoy

  • scott2443

    they have to catch him first to hit him by time they reach to get him he be step or two gone by then

  • Steeler Fanatic

    There was not another guy i liked at that pick. Archer is a McCluster clone. He can play the slot or on third downs offset. We need playmakers. Cornerbacks are devalued with this team. I would be surprised if the team goes OT, WR, DE, OLB, and then CB.

  • Addison

    It’s just the size. They could of got a scat back in the 7th. We don’t even know about howling yet. I’m just confused by the pick. I’ll be fine tomorrow

  • steeltown

    Yep

  • Jason Vancil

    Matty, they have 5th and 6th round comp picks. They can afford to trade their regular picks in those rounds.

  • steeltown

    Yea some decent mid-late value

  • steeltown

    and return kicks

  • Matthew Suloman

    It was a reach sir…. As I’ve said all along Haley/Colbert destroyed our franchise.. Before he gets fired

  • James Miles

    I am going to go look them up!

  • Matthew Suloman

    Why bother?

  • steeltown

    He is slight build, but there are some smaller guys that excel in this League. He had 20reps on the bench press, that’s crazy strong for his build

  • Matthew Suloman

    Enter raiders/patriots games last yr

  • Jon Crissinger

    There is when you pick 15 slots later and there is a ridiculous amount of depth still on the board for those positions.

  • Josh Knepshield

    It seems every pick the Steelers make I hate it at first, and then the more I think about it, the more I like it. Knowing our sometimes dumbass defensive coaches, I would not be surprised to see Vince Williams start over Ryan Shazier and Brett Keisel (if resigned) or Cam Thomas starting over Stephon Tuitt. If we let the rookies actually play for once, yeah I know crazy right, this defense might actually be pretty darn good.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Shazier, Tuitt, and Archer are your reasons son…

  • Shannon Stephenson

    we have 3 starters at CB…tired of hearing how big of a need it is…if it was we would have drafted a cb

  • Matthew Suloman

    Another Bruce Davis and Ziggy Hood

  • dkoy85

    Go to bed… wake up… and continue to be the person you are. But please stay off here until you learn to contribute constructively.

  • Rubem Dornas

    Or not.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Another Derrick Brooks and Cameron Heyward

  • steeltown

    Its not just that, they might not see much difference in value between the remaining 3rd-5th rd CB prospects.. or they have one in mind that they figure will still be available at 118th

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    This Pick really Just Spoiled the whole draft for me. the first 2 picks were good but this pick absolutely makes no sense. I mean The Steelers dont even know how to use these scat back types right anyway look, what happened to Howling and Rainey. Bryant was right their saying Steelers PICK ME PICK ME!!!!!!!!

  • Rubem Dornas

    I am supposing the hyphen won’t be back. Bell, Blount and Archer plus Alexander on PS I think it’s enough for RB, what do you think?

  • steeltown

    Who Tuitt?

  • Jason Vancil

    You do that Buddy. Happy hunting.

  • Matthew Suloman

    War room needs tear gas

  • steeltown

    LSH looked good before the injury

  • Addison

    We should just hand him the ball every play then and have 50 points a game. He’s going to get pancaked. Sarcasm… I don’t like small backs.

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    I could see that Comparison But my god how long can they keep not getting Ben a Big guy to throw to.

  • LouPGH

    Although he didn’t do much with his limited opportunities, Rainey was cut for off the field issues. Did everyone forget that? Also, our offense as a whole had a down year two seasons ago and Rainey did not have a skill set equivalent to Archer’s.

  • Matthew Suloman

    Lol

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    Probably why they picked Archer.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Shazier is often compared to HOF Derrick Brooks soooooo

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    I just knew the third round wasn’t going to end well when Moncrief got drafted.

  • pittsburghjoe

    NFL linebackers are fast enough to catch him. Don’t get disillusioned about his speed. There are 4.4′s and 4.3′s in the defensive secondary that can match up. What happens when a 250lb, lb, running a 4.4, smashes into his small frame?

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    Its not that I hate these type of players its just that the Steelers or Haley havent shown that they know how to use them right like the Saints do.

  • Brendon Glad

    Scat-back does nothing for me in the 3rd round. I kinda hoped Bell was gonna give us 2.5 downs…with third and short being covered by Blunt. But I liked the first pick, and loved the 2nd pick.

  • steelster

    At best he touches the ball 10-15 times a game his whole career. Not worth a 3rd round pick. I give this pick a C minus and the Tuitt pick an A. Overall a B minus today.

  • Matthew Suloman

    Yep

  • Josh Knepshield

    If the Steelers take Pierre Desir in the 4th, I will be greatly OK with this draft.

  • Hard Row

    Chris Rainey looked like he was in a car accident after every tackle. Guys that small can’t take a pounding. You have to use him sparingly.

    It’s not like the steelers don’t have needs. This pick is incredibly arrogant

  • WilliamSekinger

    Rainey didn’t work because he was too busy getting drunk at the local casino and beating women. Stop comparing this kid to Rainey. Scat back is a legitimate position if they find someone to fill it and I think they just did. Plus he will be a day 1 return man protecting Brown from potential injury.

  • WIINGY

    because he’s already old as dirt, and not very bright.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Wingy, this may sound mean, but if you believe this, you may be slow. Sorry for being direct.

  • Josh Knepshield

    You obviously don’t know your stuff. Ziggy busted because he was a 4-3 DT being forced to play 3-4 DE. Tuitt is perfect for our scheme.

  • WIINGY

    Justin Hunter 2.0…..

  • steeltown

    Exactly, most likely immediate contribution as a KR

  • Josh Knepshield

    Rainey was a 4.35 guy, Archer is a 4.25 guy. Your answer is there Pittsburghjoe

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Actually the best year McCluster has ever had was under Haley in 2011.

  • steeltown

    and you know this how?

  • Brendon Glad

    It makes you wonder…smh. Colbert is HOF level in first rounders….HOF level in undrafted FA’s…and elite level at evaluating Steelers talent once they are approaching Free Agency. But I have a feeling he is not going to make the HOF. So if he doesn’t…it will be about his 3rd-7th round selections.

  • WIINGY

    they brought in Beau Allen from Wisconsin for a visit. He could be a late round NT.

  • steeltown

    now you’re just being silly

  • James Miles

    I found info on both of them and it came as no surprise that they are not really noted for much. I can close a chapter or this sorry draft pick.

  • Johnny Loose

    I have to be honest this really seems like a luxury pick. I have faith in the front office, and maybe they felt obliged to give Haley a toy after going defense in the first two rounds? They have some unproven talent at wr w/ Justin Brown and, umm,, that other kid, can’t believe I can’t think of his name right now. Anyway, they must be confident in what they have in-house or they still have a player or two they’re targeting later in the draft, maybe as early as our next pick. As far as CB goes, I really hope they did their homework on this group as far as mid to late round prospects, and I’d still like to see them grab two just to be safe.

  • steelster

    Archer sure is a strange version of a tall receiver. Does he have a five foot vertical.

  • Matthew Suloman

    Right!!

  • WIINGY

    They can trade next years picks :)

  • Jones

    That’s why we drafted the LB that was that fast – didn’t want him hitting our RB for a living somewhere else. Browns took our CB, we take someone else’s LB, lol…

    Kidding aside, I’m actually not sure about this pick. I’ll reserve judgement, but it does have me scratching head a bit…

  • Jon Crissinger

    Derek Moye, Justin Brown, and Markus Wheaton

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    Not sure how well this guy will fare in the real world NFL but it sounds at least like I have my kick returner, screen specialist in Madden 15 now…

  • Josh Knepshield

    Trindon Holliday is the best KR in the NFL today, so thanks for sharing your irrelevant opinion.

  • Johnny Loose

    LMFAO, right!?!

  • WIINGY

    they benched Moye after one drop, yet let Sanders drop balls all year.

  • Matthew Suloman

    Fat and lazy

  • Josh Knepshield

    Actually Tuitt lost a lot of weight before the combine so what else you got?

  • steelster

    it’s a huge need think about 2015 and beyond. We have one corner Allen.

  • Josh Knepshield

    He played at 320 pounds in 2013, but is down to 305 lbs now

  • WIINGY

    Rainey is a 4.45 guy. This guy blazes by him.

  • Jon Crissinger

    I kept thinking the same thing.

  • WIINGY

    and Gaines…. we had nothing to trade up with.

  • Josh Knepshield

    and the dominant William Gay……Lol

  • steeltown

    Cant please em all! Haha..great draft so far by all accounts, and still have Desir, EJGaines, Aiken, Watkins, McGill, Cockrell, Breeland, Roberson, Colvin, Richardson and a few others on the board.

  • Matthew Suloman

    Ok chief

  • James Miles

    Whoopty Do Da, KR!?!?!?!! That is NOT worth the 3rd round pick spent. Shoot, maybe we should have spent the 2nd on a Punter or FG Kicker.

  • nicolaisim

    Right, there’s still a bunch of guys left but it’s not just about picking a corner for depth. I believe they need to find the starter opposite Allen and McGill or Desir could have been that. Those guys won’t last the next 18 picks and that’s what I’m sceptical about. I’m not against the pick but I’m against not picking a starting caliber corner.
    Which starting caliber corner do you think is available in the 4th?

  • steelster

    Dontae Johnson big and fast cb

  • Kirby Hogenmiller

    The Price we pay for trading our third rounder for Thomas. Or Landry Jones.

  • Matthew Suloman

    No Shamarko was their original 3rd pick. I know they traded but that pick was actually the jones pick

  • Weiss Chad

    He wouldn’t make it through fourth imo

  • steelchef93

    Trolllllll

  • steeltown

    That remains to be seen, we cant even call McGill and Desir starter caliber at this point. I think most of the guys left hold the same 3rd-4th Rd value

    I like Desir, McGill, Cockrell, Watkins and EJ Gaines the most

  • Dave Lammers

    he is seventh in freciving 10th in running would set all school records if he wasn’t injured and still played after

  • WIINGY

    Landry Jones :)

  • LouPGH

    This is what people are missing. How many guys left run a 4.2 forty? And how many guys who play WR or CB left who are 6’1″+? Talent doesn’t directly correlate to size, and there are reasons all of these guys weren’t drafted higher.

  • Dave Lammers

    he cantch catch and play rb and rb they want to get him touches we short on rb and rb he can do both

  • WIINGY

    Tuitt played injured last year. As a sophomore he had 12 sacks…. Steelers will pressure up the middle hopefully in sub package football.

  • WIINGY

    Rainey ran a 4.45 at the combine

  • Josh Knepshield

    This is why you shouldn’t post on your phone. lol

  • LouPGH

    I agree, except it is the Landry Jones pick that bugs me even though it was technically Thomas we traded up for.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Oh thanks. I kinda defended you, but thanks. lol

  • Addison

    That’s crazy this 170 guys can bench 225 20 times. That’s more then what jarvis jones did if I recall correctly. Sigh in Colbert we trust.

  • WIINGY

    This would of been a great pick if we had our original 3rd round pick.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Y bother

  • Weiss Chad

    IMO this has been a great draft so far. I don’t understand why you are so mad bro.Steelers will be fine at wr .Look out for Wheaton.Its the defense that needs help.

  • stellarsfan

    Alright so initially I hated this pick but it makes sense actually. Since Haley will inevitably use him as a RB/slot WR he does have the receiver value to go with the change of pace back we needed. Return capabilities is more valuable than some are making it out to be and he obviously has the speed to run away from anyone in the NFL.
    Also, perhaps most importantly, it was an end of round pick so we’re not waiting 32 picks til our next, we’ll be picking soon enough to grab a CB and/or WR in another 17 picks.

  • LouPGH

    Great point about Brown. None of the alternative names people are floating could step in and contribute Week One. This kid has a legitimate chance to do that. I know we need CB and maybe WR, but all the best talent at those positions was gone by this pick. Archer makes the team better right now.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Archer is more than that dude. You obviously have never watched this guy play. Go watch some film then judge the pick and us.

  • Weiss Chad

    You mad bro ?

  • nicolaisim

    Well in that case it could be said for most prospect until they prove it. I’ll disagree with you but ultimately we all know that our FO will put talent at every position, one way or another, so I’ll be fine in the morning.

  • Weiss Chad

    Lol.You lost me man ..they traded up in fourth w browns to take shmarko.Jones was original fourth rd pick

  • LouPGH

    Great point about not waiting 31 picks. None of the names left at CB or WR was so obviously better than the rest that we can’t get some one of roughly equivalent talent in the middle of the 4th.

  • Weiss Chad

    I gotta ask this even though I’m afraid to .In hindsight who did you want w picks. 1,2,3

  • Josh Knepshield

    5-8 175 lbs. Lifted 225 20 times! That’s incredible for his size. 4.26 is insanely fast. The Steelers liked him and now I do. He has great hands, can return kicks, and can man the slot at times. We pick again in 15 selections, and I guess the Steelers felt this guy wouldn’t be there but a few CBs would be.

  • Weiss Chad

    There not going anywhere lol

  • Weiss Chad

    Not a chance

  • Weiss Chad

    Wow .There probably is a good reason for that…

  • LouPGH

    I am defending the pick but it is risky to some extent because these types of guys are few and far between, so I can appreciate the criticism given our multitude of other needs. Still, I’d rather have Archer on the roster than a less athletically gifted “offensive weapon”/scat back.

  • Rob

    That’s right. I forgot the league shafted us on Keenan Lewis and only have us a fifth for a high level starter… Well, corner round 4 and 5 then.

  • Weiss Chad

    Are u mad bro?Do you know anything about this kid or are u just salty . It’s more the position you don’t like ?I know you want a wr u probably know nothing about because he is tall right.Smh

  • Weiss Chad

    Wouldn’t touch Bryant w seventh rd pick

  • Weiss Chad

    I’m guessing they have players in mind later on at cb that they think they can get good value out of

  • Ryan

    Alright who let the Ravens fan on here?

  • Weiss Chad

    Please no on Robinson and purify.Watkins would b ok.Ross cokrell will probably be one of two cb taken tommorow

  • WIINGY

    yeah i know… I meant to reply to mouthbreatherjoe…..
    thanks.

  • RMSteeler

    Same reps as Mike Adams, and half the weight. He puts on 10-15 lbs and same weight as A. Brown.

  • AndyR34

    That would be the point! This ranks up there with the Landry Jones pick.

  • Matthew Suloman

    I meant fourth.. So shark was original fourth? Then the jones pick was the 3rd rounder we gave this year

  • Louis Goetz

    Same here. I love Bryant. He has some immaturity issues and he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer but he definitely has an elite skill set. If he played somewhere besides Clemson and didn’t have to play opposite Sammy Watkins his production would’ve been significantly greater and he probably would’ve graded out as a 1st or 2nd rounder. I hope he’s there at 118 and the Steelers can grab him then.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Thank you. You are correct. Fact is Rainey contributed as a rookie. Not saying I love the pick but Haley there is no bases for saying Haley doesn’t know how to use small speed backs.

  • Louis Goetz

    Maybe if you weren’t so slow you would’ve gotten that right.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Some people don’t think offense is the problem. Guess the Steelers agree.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Apparently, that is what Steeler Nation and the Media thinks. But the Steelers seem to think they can take the highest rated player regardless of position.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Thank you Shannon. I agree. The inadequate pass rush made the corners look bad. Hopefully, Jones and Worilds will wreak havoc and take pressure off of the back end.

  • Louis Goetz

    I love the Analysis section of his prospect page on the NFL’s site. It tells you all you need to know. “Can fly by MAC competition with top gear.” Well thank God for that! I didn’t know what we were going to without someone who could fly by MAC competition.

  • shawn

    The guy is flat out amazing … he was in my mock and i am actually doing back flips they got him …. GREAT GREAT Pick Up !

  • shawn

    Bryant sux … this guy is little superman …. can do sooo many things !

  • shawn

    the guy can run between tackles better than sproles …. give him a chance … best vision i have EVER seen … he’s not the type to get hurt … I was HUGE on this guy (granted a round or 2 later) but they were coming off the board …. he’s an impact player no doubt about it … FASTEST guy in NFL .. i promise u he will win one to 2 games by himself next year … !

  • shawn

    Sorry but u are being misled … nobody and i mean nobody has his speed … ran a 4.2 but on field looks 4.1 … and to add that he’s got great vision … he is not fragile by any means … not worried at all can actually be utilised between tackles very effectively … gets lost between all the behemoths … VERY VERY Hard to get a good shot on him .. he should do very well … pretty much guaranteeing he will get 2Tds + on Kickoffs this year .. give him a chance !

  • shawn

    Thank you .. He is the fastest player on the field i have EVER seen make no mistake … hard to believe but plays faster than his 4.2 … I hope people watch some of his tape … Its mind boggling he makes people look like they are standing still … i mean just completely runs past them like they are stone !

  • shawn

    he was more or less a 4th round pick … (comp pick 3rd) … I think they would have liked to take him in the 4th or 5th, but J, Brown and Mckinnon who were both thought of as 5th and later started to come off the board so i think they were rightfully worried that he wouldnt last much longer … but yes ideally it would have been better to get him a round later … but please just remember this conversation when the season starts … he’s a keeper !

  • shawn

    very true … but i love the pick

  • shawn

    he’s serious … he would beat rainey by 5yds … he is that fast

  • shawn

    dont think he would have last at this point past 4th … little early yes, but he is worth it !

  • shawn

    I agree !

  • shawn

    this guy is the exception … i promise u … just remember u were upset with this pick later this year … i think he will be one of the most loved players on the team by the end of the year !

  • shawn

    hes a change of pace back …KR .. can slot him out … the ultimate slash … in my opinion much better than DAT from Oregon …

  • shawn

    Sorry but McGill sux … can’t play CB at all … is a S if anything … cement feet … this guy will help immediately !

  • shawn

    Finally somebody that gets it … this guy is unbelievable … yes maybe it was a tad early but Brown and Mckinnon had come off the board so i doubt he makes it past the 4th …. GREAT pick in my opinion … instantly we have not only the fastest guy in the NFL, but a top notch KR, plus a change of pace back that can be utilised in so many ways … here is to hoping that Hayley knows how to use him … great pick !

  • shawn

    This guy can and will fly by any and everybody … i will go so far as to say on field is the fastest guy to EVER play the game … yes that fast … i know its a bold statement, but he plays even faster than his 4.2 speed which i have rarely seen !

  • shawn

    love it as well … dont think he is injury prone … everyone seems to be concerned about his size but he is not fragile and very shifty will be hard to get a good shot on him !

  • shawn

    Great points about spelling Brown and having a special x factor … i think we got a decent shot at Desir next round … after skipping on the 1st round with CB .. we didnt have much choices … better to get quality players than reach for CBs that aren’t special !

  • shawn

    Thanks …. i know everyone is disappointed … but they will learn fast … he is by far the most exciting player of this draft !

  • shawn

    Preferably it would have been nice to get Desir in 3rd and Archer in 4th … but i think they were worried he wouldnt last or maybe they are not high on Desir … we shall see … but we still do need a quality CB or 2 but we couldn’t fill all our holes this draft … i think we have done a very nice job of filling 4 holes … with all immediate starters ( ILB, DE, KR, RB-change of pace x factor)

    tell me another draft that we would have our top 3 picks being immediate impacts !

  • shawn

    Bryant i agree … dont like him at all … what have u heard about Desir … was hoping for gaines, but now desir ??

  • shawn

    they can afford to trade the 5th and 6th … we got comps and we need to get quality now not quantity at these later rounds !!!!

  • shawn

    Warp speed like it … zoo true … i dont think they can get good clean hits on him … he’s just too small … I’m not worried at all about his toughness … he will do well and especially between the tackles .. doesnt need space at all … one of the best vision backs i have ever seen … sees 2-3 moves ahead !

  • shawn

    Actually he is a starter … (KR + x factor change of pace back) … every team needs and should have this position … I hope u can comprehend this but he has beyond blazing speed … its more like Warp Speed … watch some tape … give him a chance … love love LOVE this pick!

  • shawn

    ill send u 12 hats now to eat … because thats how many times he will make u say holy cow &**$ … he is that amazing !

  • shawn

    Thanks Steel … trying to let everybody know this guy is not fragile … very tough and was amazing not only in space but between the tackles … truth be told out of all the players in the Draft i was highest on him … a truly amazing talent even if he only gets 5-10 touches a game .. will make an big impact this year and win at least 1 game by himself … write it down !

  • shawn

    ;) !

  • shawn

    let me get back to u half way thru the season … and let me see if u feel the same way !

  • shawn

    wouldnt have last … the x factors were coming off early !

  • shawn

    this guy is faster than deion and stronger than Jarvis …. think again bud … amazing amazing talent !

  • shawn

    ya me either … was a bum

  • shawn

    can’t even compare rainey to this guy … he’s my favourite pick !

  • shawn

    what u think about Desir … would have nice to got him in the 3rd and Archer in the 4th … I’m thinking because they didnt do that … they might just not be high on Desir … I think Gaines was their guy and we sorely lacked a mid 3rd round pick ..

  • shawn

    agreed … purifoy sux … cockerel could possibly be a slot cover guy … actual high on Colvin as well for slot/dime … 4th too early ?

  • shawn

    McGill won’t make a roster as a CB … Desir .. might last we’ll see !

  • Guest

    I guarantee you at least 1 will get called back due to special teams penalty ;) just watch, seems to happen every year lol

  • 2winz

    I guarantee you at least 1 of those will be called back due to special teams penalty, seems to happen every year :b

  • 2winz

    or maybe we will see Harbaugh accidentally step on the field and prevent him from getting a td :0 who knows

  • Nolrog

    I’m pretty surprised that day 2 is over and we still don’t have a WR or a corner.

  • shawn

    u are probably right about that .. very true … hope they practise it .. cuz he will take some home guaranteed !

  • ApexSteel

    Same here. His speed is just ridiculous.

  • steelersfan

    just when it seemed like colbert had a plan with tuitt pick he proves us all wrong with a absolute HORRIBLE pick. no excuse for this one. a 3rd string running back with a 3rd round pick?! blount and bell are it. anyone who sees this as an acceptable pick is crazy

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    “My ballon is deflated.”

    Better get that checked before it affects your fertility.

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    Clemson’s scheme actually boosted his stats, and he wasn’t really competing with Watkins for balls. In fact, Bryant pretty much took over the routes they “competed” for,

    I like his upside despite being a bit of a boob, but he’s a prospect requiring significant development.

    On the other hand, we need a big receiver badly. I was hoping for the PSU kid.

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    He’s not a true tailback. He’s a change of pace/receiving back who will return KOs and punts and maybe line up in the slot as a WR. He’s Haley’s newest Dexter McCluster-type role player project. Archer is roughly the same size as McCluster but a bit thicker, quicker, faster, and a tick stronger.

    Worth a 3rd?

    We’ll see.

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    Plenty of little backs tearing it up on the field today and throughout the history of the league.

    Sure you’d like all the same specs in a 195-200lb model, but that’d cost a 1st or 2nd round pick.

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    Rainey is an ignorant undisciplined borderline retarded criminal woman beating scumbag.

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    I’d love to have Bruce Ellington in a Steelers uniform, and having seen him rack up rushing yardage in HS, I even think he could’ve played well as a RB in the SEC. But w/o actually having that experience, it’s asking a lot to play RB in the NFL.

    Archer was drafted as a #3 RB and return guy who can maybe play some slot.

    Bruce could fill the last two, but maybe not the first.

    If Pittsburgh doesn’t get lucky and snag Ellington late, I’ll miss watching him every weekend.

    Factoid: Ellington’s HS head coach previously tutored Steeler DBs Willie Williams and Lethon Flowers (who grew up about a minute away from each other in the same neighborhood).

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    Freudian slip

  • Weiss Chad

    If you truly like the player ,it’s never to early.Exspecially in later rounds

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    His worst injury was an ankle sprain, not something from contact, because first, he’s tough, second, he’s sick quick and slippery. Kid’s slickery.

  • Weiss Chad

    Desirs 25 interceptions are hard to ignore

  • cp72

    I can’t believe people are hating this pick. He had hand held times of sub 4.2. He has a 38 inch vert and benched 225 lbs 20 times (more than Jarvis Jones). Tavon Austin was a top 10 pick with lesser numbers. I know that numbers don’t always translate, but we are talking some all time best numbers ever recorded at the combine. He tied Calvin Johnson for the fewest steps to complete the 40 yard dash. Anytime you tie Megatron at something you are a rare athlete.

    Just from a special teams aspect he makes us a better team the minute he puts the pads on. . This is a great pick that can swing the balance of a game with one play.

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    Ignorant idiotic comment from a guy who doesn’t even watch college ball .

    Zero discipline or motivation issues. A hard worker with a great motor.

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    he’s hung like a whale?

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    I’m unimpressed. I’m the same weight and 5 inches taller and I can run the 40 in about 6.2 and can bench 20lbs 225 times (in about 4-5 sets spaced out over a week).

  • BaconLovingInfidel

    He lacks that killer instinct though.

    I would be fine with it if he had a great quote like, “Time to die, byatch!”

  • shawn

    u are right … plus it wasn’t a true 3rd round pick … more like a 4th … like i said a tad early but I’m very Glad they got him … fits a NEEDED Role !

  • Weiss Chad

    This draft has basically been shazier,Tuitt,shmarko,and archer .I love it and think this is best draft steelers have had in tomlin era

  • Weiss Chad

    How can you guys think it’s a bad pick?This guy is much better than Rainey .he is a great option as our third rb change of pace.He can play the slot,and he can return kicks .he is an upgrade as third rb and ko returner which was non existent last year w jones.Is a threat to take it to house at any time.Sure we need other positions but I think you all will fall in love with this guy on the field like you all did w Rainey.he might be short ,but make no mistake this guy is tough as nails.

  • Weiss Chad

    Idk but IMO Watkins helped his game more than he helped Watkins.which one would u double team

  • Craig Ressler

    Yeah, apparently. Even though some of those guys are already coming off the board. I wonder if we would have taken Phillip Gaines had he not gone several picks before us.

  • Weiss Chad

    Ty for reserving judgement.One of the smartest things I heard all night. I think you will be pleasantly surprised

  • Weiss Chad

    You are probably right

  • Weiss Chad

    You are comparing apples and oranges.

  • Weiss Chad

    I disagree.How is this anything like Landry pick?landry IMO looked undraftable .This kids gonna see the field in multiple ways and is tough as nails.

  • Weiss Chad

    He averaged 9 plus yds a carry in 2012.lol ..that’s just silly.Cant wait to see the impact he has.Fastest player I have ever seen on field.

  • cp72

    Well put me in a straight jacket cause I love this pick.

  • Weiss Chad

    Gay played great the last two years he has been in steelers uniform.the kid doesn’t deserve all the flak he has gotten.I will give u this,he got picked on a lot earlier in his career.the guy has turned into a solid player imo

  • Weiss Chad

    You can throw safety in there as shmarko should count as this yrs draft

  • Weiss Chad

    One more time..shark was the third we have up this yr.Jones was original fourth rd pick.

  • Weiss Chad

    Sure we do.We know we just replaced him

  • Weiss Chad

    Good possibility.just like if Gilbert was there in first.Just about all of steeler nation agrees w the Tuitt pick

  • Nolrog

    This year’s draft has been quite puzzling. I don’t know what to make of it.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Ok… I will buy that. After sleeping on it, I am going to soften my stance and edit my initial comment.

  • shawn

    i Like that SLICKERY … !!!

  • Addison

    Ok so I slept on it and feel guess I let myself get set on a tall WR. If this guy can stay conscious maybe he could be a game changer. I just will have visions of Rainey getting hit going rag doll lights out fumbling

  • Addison

    Haha I hope so

  • shawn

    Definitely … best draft .. love it … hope it continues … my thoughts are we have to really zero in on the next few picks … what do we have 6/7 picks left … lets face it at this point not that many will make the team … so Im hoping they make a couple trades and move up and get 4 guys they really like instead of just spraying and praying …

    I could easily see 2 CBs (Desir & Colvin) or a S ( Tre Boston or Dowling) and that OLB from Col St … and maybe one project at TE or OT …

    also hope they zero their focus on UDFA to a minimum and really target hard 3 to 4 guys they really think have potential and sell them hard … i think that has been a weakness lately ( getting good guys as UDFA ) … seems every year we are not among the top at signing these type of guys !

  • shawn

    I understand your disappointment, but this pick was not in lieu of a Tall WR … it was a KR/Change of pace Back/x factor that we needed … he is a game changer and field position is everything in the NFL … the kid is tough and a gamer .. not fragile … give him a chance … check out his tapes if u haven’t already … i can’t express in words how fast he is … u need to see the tape !

    I still think we get a Tall WR as well as a lock down corner, its just that it might have to wait til next year or a FA … we obviously had too many holes to fill in one year … i think they have done an outstanding job the first 3 picks at filling holes with immediate impact types and this is coming from someone that has been very harsh on the FO as of late !!

  • mlc43

    Wow, you guys act like he’s actually going to be used as a traditional RB. It’s not like they are going to be asking him to bust it up the middle 15 times a game. You have to look at a guy like this as a WR out of the backfield/KO/PR and there are PLENTY of guys about his stature in the NFL doing those things. There aren’t that many with his kind of speed. I understand were everyone is coming from because I would have liked to have seen them go a different route…but c’mon..y’all overreact much!! lol

  • shawn

    it will be exciting !

  • Weiss Chad

    I like a lot of these guys left.I will elaborate closer to draft time.If I do it now to many people seem to jump on board w out doing there homework.I will say this desirs 25 int are hard to ignore. level of competition scares me.Love versatility of Watkins and potential of Jeffcoat and Henderson.Cant ignore all the time spent w cockrell.Mgill doesn’t do it for me.we have six picks left and I believe four defense two offense being tackle and te.two cb a lb and safety

  • Addison

    I’ll check it out. I’ll stop my B*tching. Still excited of what is coming today. Couple promising looking OLB prospects.

  • Paddy

    I absolutely hate this pick, I hope I am wrong.

  • steeltown

    Its funny everyone is up Sherman and Chancellors butts, but those guys were originally 5th Rd picks. There is still great value left out there, we’ve just missed in recent yrs with C.Brown and Hawthorne so people get uneasy

  • Yiz

    Great point, some people are acting like the draft is over and we have to wait til nxt yr for aWR/CB. Did people forget Colbert found AB in the 6th Rd, wheras Limas was taken early. I’ll take my chances with our FO. Today is going to be like Xmas & im ready to open our gifts.

  • nicolaisim

    You’re off the wall :)

  • Louis Goetz

    Watkins caught 101 passes last year, while Bryant caught 42, as there were only so many balls to go around. Watkins is the better receiver and caught the lion’s share. Had Bryant not been opposite Watkins, he would’ve easily eclipsed his production. Every receiver in this draft would’ve played second chair to Watkins. My point is Bryant would’ve been a #1 at a lot of other schools and he’d probably be off the board already.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I was surprised with the pick but he tape doesn’t lie. No substitute for speed. Instant upgrade at KR/PR with a threat to take it to the house. After watching his tape i’m excited and I’m willing to give this pick a chance.

  • Douglas Andrews

    20 reps of 225lbs for a guy weighing in at 175lbs? Guy’s pretty strong

  • Reader783

    And this is why I am not in the war room

  • Capdoc

    I do not understand why some fans are so negative about this pick. It is absolutely a need for the Steelers. Remember, Colbert and Tomlin wanted ‘Playmakers’ in this draft. Trust me on this one; they have one in Dri Archer. He will be a first down machine out of the backfield or in the slot catching passes. Now that we have the ‘Big Receiver’ in M. Bryant, this turned out to be a great pick by the organization.

    The Steelers’ front office are the professionals in this line of work. All we can do is trust their decisions in this very important draft since they have missed on a few players in years past. This is an excellent draft because many kids will make the team from this class.

    Go Steelers!

  • Weiss Chad

    This guy is nothing like Rainey except speed.

  • Addison

    You’re right. There’s a reason I’m a couch watcher and not a GM. Looking back I really like the draft, we will see in 2-3?years how it grades out, but so far I’m excited

  • Steelers@2010

    A thug? Come on now, that sounds quite a bit harsh. By the way, what is your definition of a thug? How does that apply to this kid? Too often we want to associate our personal feelings towards these kids with comments like that.

  • Weiss Chad

    Heck pound for pound probably strongest guy on team

  • Weiss Chad

    Change of pace back/slot reciever/kick returner/punt returner/playmaker.Thats a little bit more than third string running back

  • Craig Ressler

    Yeah, don’t get me I like Archer more, but as far as Thomas being scared of contact, well really neither will be actively pursuing contact. It’s not their game and will even be less so in the NFL.

  • AndyR34

    I honestly hope you are correct. I am not upset because I am not emotionally connected to the individual players drafted. I wasn’t upset by the Landry Jones pick…confused (?) certainly. I just fear he will go the way of most guys that size…Bobby Rainey, LSH, Reggie Dunn, etc., etc.

  • Reader783

    And this is why I’m not in the war room

  • steelersfan

    3 months later…can I change my mind? haha he definitely looks promising

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