Roosevelt Nix of Kent State is intriguing football prospect

Representatives from eight NFL teams — including three special teams coaches — were on hand for Kent State’s pro day on Thursday, when 11 players worked out.

The runs, jumps and most positional drills took place indoors on AstroTurf, but part of the workout took place outdoors where Kent State’s electric running back fielded punts.

Dri Archer, RB (176 pounds) — Archer only ran a 60-yard shuttle (11.76 seconds) before taking his workout outdoors in cold and windy conditions. Once outside, Archer worked out as a punt returner, fielding balls from a JUGS machine as well as kicks from a punter from Youngstown State. Due to the conditions, it was very difficult to catch punts, but those are conditions he might soon face in the NFL during the later months of the season.

As a position player, Archer needs to improve his route running and also needs to be better at catching the ball; he’s a good catcher but not great. Because of his speed (he posted the fastest 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine, 4.26 seconds), some team will take a chance on Archer somewhere late in the second round to early in the third round of the draft.

Roosevelt Nix, DL (5-foot-11 1/4, 248) — Nix ran the 40 in 4.79 seconds on both attempts. He had a 28-inch vertical and 9-foot-2 broad jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.39 seconds and the three-cone drill in a remarkable time of 6.90 seconds. He performed 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. Nix is a really good football player — he is the first player in Kent State history and fifth player in MAC history to earn first-team all-conference honors in four seasons — and a team will have to find a position for him. Some people think Nix might be a fullback, others think he might be a linebacker. At 248 pounds, he won’t be a defensive lineman in the NFL, but he has tremendous ability and a team will have to find a position for him to play. He is likely a priority free-agent pickup following the draft.

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