Length and explosion are the two qualities that draw NFL scouts to Arik Armstead. The defensive lineman from the Oregon Ducks can at times be a dominant force. Armstead could be drafted anywhere from the end of the 1st Round to the middle of the 2nd.
The 6-7 and 292 lbs. Armstead is a hard assignment for any offensive lineman. He ran an impressive 5.10 second 40 yard dash at the 2015 NFL Combine. He can move pretty quickly for a big defensive tackle. Armstead should gain the interest of the New York Giants, as he would fit best in a 4-3 defense where he is sent to wreak havoc in the backfield.
GMENHQ Big Board Ranking: 40th Overall Prospect
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- Tall frame, long arms. This helps Armstead get inside of offensive lineman. He gets his hands on his opponent before they can touch him. This along with his strong hand fighting, allows him to win the leverage battle up front
- Explodes off the ball
- Persistent bull rush
- High motor
- Limited pass rush repertoire
- Production did not match ability. In three seasons at Oregon, Armstead had just 10.5 tackles for a loss and 4 sacks. This is low production for a player who is generating 1st Round buzz heading into the draft
- Can get pushed around at times: Armstead had stretches of plays where he had little impact
Overall, Armstead is a very good prospect because of his untapped potential. There are times when he looks amazing, he just has to learn to be consistent and develop his technique. If Armstead was drafted in the first round it would not be surprising. He has the length and the explosiveness that will intrigue any team.