Kent State's Dri Archer nearly breaks NFL 40-yard dash record

By Allen Moff | Staff writer Published:

Dri Archer boldly predicted on Friday that he would break Chris Johnson's record time of 4.24 seconds in the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The former Kent State speedster's follow through was sweet, but just short.

Archer was clocked in 4.26 seconds during his first of two runs Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, reaching a top speed of 23.7 mph. His run was the best in the field by far, but just short of the record Johnson set in 2008.

Archer's run caught the attention of Johnson, currently a running back for the Tennessee Titans, who tweeted: 'Can't lie archer had the boi nervous.'

No running back came close to Archer in the 40. The second-best clocking belonged to Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon (4.41), who also led the running backs in the bench press with 32 reps of 225 pounds. Archer tied for eighth with 20 even though he was one of the smallest backs in the field at 5-foot-8, 173 pounds.

The two running backs that were supposed to push Archer in the 40 were not even close -- Oregon's DeAnthony Thomas (4.50) and Baylor's Lache Seastrunk (4.51). The second-best 40 time of the day overall was clocked by Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks, a 4.33.

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde grabbed his hamstring after running a 4.66 in his only attempt.

Archer's time tops the 4.27 that Marquise Goodwin ran at last year's Combine. He now owns the second-fastest 40 since the NFL started publishing official Combine results in 2006.

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  • Well a gazelle can run fast too, but it can’t play football either.

  • I hope he goes to the Denve Broncos. He's a delight to watch.