Pittsburgh Steelers Agree To Deal With Third-Round Pick Dri Archer


The Pittsburgh Steelers have been busy coming to terms with all of their draft picks, and the latest is third-round pick Dri Archer.

The Kent State running back was the fastest player at the NFL Combine and looks to play a major role in the Steelers offense this upcoming season as Todd Haley and company will certainly look to get his speed and playmaking abilities on the field as much as possible.

The Steelers inked Archer to a four-year, $2.748 million contract that includes a $506,016 signing bonus, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com.

Archer, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.26 seconds, could see time as not only a running back but as a receiver and a kick returner as well.

He ran for 22 touchdowns and nearly 2,000 yards over his final two years at Kent State, but his size will likely limit him to a specialty role on offense in the NFL.

At Kent State, Archer caught 99 passes for 1,194 yards and a dozen touchdowns in his career while rushing for 2,342 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also returned 51 kickoffs for 1,436 yards and four touchdowns.

The Steelers selected Archer in the third round with the 97th overall pick.

His signing means that second-round pick Stephon Tuitt, a defensive end from Notre Dame, is the only unsigned 2014 Steelers draft pick.