Prospect: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine BluffTerron Armstead

Height: 6’4¾”

Weight: 306 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Incredible athlete in almost every way possible, put in one of, if not the most impressive combine performance ever for an offensive lineman
  • Gets to the second level in a flash with a combination of long speed and an explosive first step
  • Nimble and frequent feet, redirects very quickly and impresses working laterally
  • Tall with sufficient arm length, very defined body type
  • Bulk and strength needs to be developed in the lower half, would aid functional strength and anchor ability

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Shows good scheme understanding by setting up his blocks well with a precise first step
  • Instinctive feel for leveraging defenders from the ball and maintaining gap discipline
  • High effort player who is always looking for someone to block and does so until the whistle
  • Drops his eyes while engaged and is prone to getting beat by stunts, indecisive against heavy blitz packages occasionally as well

Pass Blocking:

  • Extremely swift kickslide with nimble feet, can get depth in hurry
  • Struggles to anchor against power rushers who are often able to get underneath his pads and drive him backwards
  • Extends arms and keeps pass rushers off his body with consistency, negates spin moves with ease
  • Quick feet moving laterally to mirror finesse moves
  • Uses length to wedge pass rushers off their arcs if they are able to gain a step around the corner
  • Overextends to block initial targets against stunts and takes himself out of position for the incoming rusher

Run Blocking:

  • Consistently gets to the correct shoulder of defenders as a run blocker and walls them off from the ball
  • Can seal the corner quickly on sweeps and tosses and does great work moving laterally in outside zone plays
  • Not a dominant power run blocker, pad level is relatively high
  • High impact blocker at the second level with sideline to sideline range and well downfield
  • Uses speed and burst to get to downfield targets in a flash before breaking down and driving legs through contact, maximizes contact against quick-footed defenders very well
  • Nasty disposition when it comes to finishing blocks, productive pancake blocker who will drive defenders into the turf when possible
  • Used effectively pulling around the corner or leading up holes, keeps his head on a swivel and identifies defenders quickly

Technique:

  • Struggles to sink hips and sit low in pass protection, pad level can get high as a result
  • Sustains blocks well consistently with length to keep his hands on defenders and non-stop churning of his legs
  • Consistent with his hand placement, more than makes up for relatively light hands that lack a strong punch

Overall:

Terron Armstead drew all the headlines at the NFL Scouting Combine and for good reason.  He set a new record for the fastest 40 yard dash by an offensive lineman with an official time of 4.71 seconds.  He also put in solid numbers in agility drills and totaled 31 reps on the bench press.  Armstead really should have been getting attention long before his masterful performance at the combine.  Though he played against weaker competition in the FCS, he did the only thing he could do by dominating play-in and play-out.  That natural athleticism and strength really shows on tape and should not have been a huge surprise.  It’s impossible to argue that Armstead’s potential isn’t through the roof, which will really his value on draft day.  He will have a transition to make to the NFL that’s bigger than other offensive tackle prospects.  He won’t be able to dominate on natural ability any longer and will need to develop his technique more.  Confidence will be key for him as well, with a belief that he belongs with the class of players in the league.  Armstead is a great fit for a zone blocking scheme or a spread heavy team that can utilize his ability in space.  He’s a high ceiling player, but he’s not as raw as most think and should be a lock for the second round.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Terron Armstead Scouting Report

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