It's a funny thing about Dri Archer. I'm not going to pretend like I watch Kent State games during the season but seeing his highlight video certainly peaked my interest. I've went back to look at this kid and outside of the fact that he played at Kent State and not LSU or USC or the other prominent DIV I schools and some injury issues this year I don't see what makes this kid any less explosive than a guy like Tavon Austin.
Obviously with the production at the lower level is what drops him. Austin was very consistent and doing it vs top competition. But I look at Archer's tape and that speed is nasty and for a little guy he plays very tough. A kid like that instantly makes a team very dangerous in the return game and in a pinch could help in a Darren Sproles like position.
A lot of places keep throwing him out there in the 7th round(that website that generates the draft and lets you trade grades every pick and even in the 7th round they give that kid an F for a grade) to me that type of speed gets a guy drafted higher by default and I like what I've seen from him.
Certainly not someone you take top 10 like Austin. Or even someone you take on the first 2 days of the draft. But I'd have no problem if the 49ers drafted him in the 4th round, mostly because we have 6 picks in the first 3 as it is. If they could get him even later I'd be even happier.
As for my like of Bruce Ellington I think he'd make a great addition to us. He's not necessarily a deep threat guy but I think he could do that if it came down to it. He's a better fit at slot where his quick moves would allow him to score from anywhere. He also plays very tough and reminds me a lot of Steve Smith. Plus he's proven he can play vs some good teams.