Former Kent State running back Dri Archer conducted his pro day workout in front of scouts from nearly 20 NFL teams at the school's field house on Thursday.
Archer burst onto the scene in 2012 when he rushed for 1,429 yards and 16 touchdowns on 159 rushes after an injury-plagued 2011 season. Then, he had to battle his way through injuries again last fall, but still managed to average 7.8 yards and score six touchdowns on 68 carries for the Flashes.
"I'm not really nervous," Archer said of the impending NFL Draft. "I've still got to show up. I've still got to work out. I'm just doing what I've been doing the last 23 years of my life, nothing different.
"I'm just trying to take it day-by-day. I don't want to get too big-headed. Until draft day comes, I'm going to keep living day-by-day."
For Archer, who ran a 4.26-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, the focus is on doing whatever he can to help a team at the next level.
"I see myself all over," Archer said. "I'm a versatile player. Wherever I can help a team out, I'll be happy to do it.
"I'm a running back at heart. I just love to have the ball in my hands. I've got four workouts now. My first one's (today) with the Dolphins. I've got a busy week ahead of me, the Dolphins, the Patriots, the Cardinals and Colts."
Showing that he is more than just a speedster that can turn the corner on a defense, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound Archer wants teams to know he can catch the ball out of the backfield as well as run through holes in the offensive line.
That is a lesson he learned from former Kent State players, including Joshua Cribbs, who was at Archer's pro day Thursday.
"He gave me a lot of advice, like working on little things, catching punts," Archer said. "He was helping a lot. We had a very good conversation.
"I've learned a lot. I've talked to numerous guys in the league, guys who have been in the league, done it all. They've taught me a lot this past couple weeks, past couple months that I've been training."
For Cribbs, watching Archer run around and display his skills for NFL scouts was a fun experience.
"I'm glad to see (the injuries) are behind him, that it happened early so he can get on with his career and prosper in the NFL," Cribbs said. "I expect that he'll be drafted and do fairly well. I had the opportunity to put a bug in his ear about being a small guy who's super fast, a third-down back, but more importantly, a special teamer. If they want you to be a returner, they want you to come in right away and add a spark.
"They want to see you, right away, make a difference. I just talked to him a little bit about the confidence level. He's inspired. You could tell, in his eyes, he really wants to play. He really wants to be a part of it, and I just can't wait for a guy from Kent to have some success, and to join the ranks."