Steelers sign third-round draft pick

June, 12, 2014
Jun 12
6:30
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PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers continue to take care of business away from the field.

The team signed third-round draft pick Dri Archer on Thursday to a four-year contact, per ESPN’s Field Yates, leaving defensive end Stephon Tuitt as the only unsigned draft pick.

Archer, a running back/wide receiver who is also expected to return kicks this season, amassed just under 5,000 career all-purpose yards at Kent State. The 5-foot-8, 173-pounder scored 10 touchdowns last season while rushing for 527 yards and catching 25 passes for 327 yards.

Archer also scored a touchdown on a kickoff return.

Archer’s 40 career touchdowns are one short of the Kent State record held by Josh Cribbs.

He ran the fastest 40-yard dash time (4.26 seconds) at the NFL scouting combine in February, and the Steelers drafted Archer to give them a versatile playmaker.

He has been working at both running back and wide receiver during offseason practices and also has been fielding punts.

Archer did not return punts his senior season at Kent State because coaches didn’t want him to get hurt but he will get an opportunity to win that job with the Steelers during training camp.

Earlier on Thursday the Steelers signed center Maurkice Pouncey to a five-year contract extension. The three-time Pro Bowler is now signed through 2019, and his deal is worth about $48 million over six years.

Scott Brown

ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter

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