Archer puts NFL decision on hold

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By Allen Moff | Staff Writer

Dri Archer has put his big decision on hold.

After meeting with his mother at their home in Florida over Christmas break, Kent State's junior speedster decided to wait until after the Golden Flashes' bowl game on Jan. 6 to decide whether to declare himself eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft.

"We talked a little bit, but we're gonna talk more after the game about it," said Archer. "I don't want to put too many thoughts in my head, I just wanna worry about the game."

Archer did agree to an NFL Draft analysis, which will tell him where experts believe he'll likely be chosen if he enters the draft.

"They're supposed to get back with me on Jan. 4, so we'll see what they say," said Archer.

After being forced to sit out the entire 2011 season because of an academic issue, Archer has enjoyed a breakout season as a junior in 2012. He was named MAC Special Teams Player of the Year and First Team All-MAC, and became Kent State's first Walter Camp First Team All-American after leading the nation in kickoff returns (38.2 yards per return, 3 TDs).

Archer has also rushed for 1,352 yards, averaging nine yards per carry, and has added 35 catches for 573 yards. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound slotback has 23 total touchdowns, scoring at least once in every game, and is fifth in the nation in all-purpose yards (189.2 ypg).

Archer has been consistently clocked in the 4.2s in the 40-yard dash, and his ability to burst past defenders who seem to have angles on him is truly incredible. His size will be questioned as an NFL player, plus Archer has only been considered an elite player at the college level for one season.

Archer said before he left for the holiday break that he would have stayed in college if Darrell Hazell had remained Kent State's head coach. However, Hazell accepted the top job at Purdue on Dec. 5.

Archer has been strongly considering the NFL Draft since that day.

"There's a lot of pros and cons on both sides," said Archer. "I could have a bad season (next year), we'll have a new coaching staff, new guys on the offensive line. I don't want to be in the future and sit back and be like, I should have made that decision. I want to make the right choice."

The Flashes will practice today and Sunday, then depart for Mobile, Ala., on Wednesday morning. They will make their first bowl appearance in 40 years on Jan. 6, when Kent State (11-2) battles Sun Belt Conference champion Arkansas State (9-3) in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.

"I'm just ready to get down there," said Archer. "It's been a long wait, nothing to do ... I'm just ready to get down there for the bowl."

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  • He should come back for his senior season. Because of his size, at best, he may be a mid to late-round pick. If I'm not mistaken, didn't Coach Hazell say that he felt that Archer should return for his senior year?? Good luck in the bowl game!