Terron Armstead OT Arkansas-Pine Bluff #
Size/Athleticism: Impressive blend of size and speed. Moves really well for a tackle, but he isn’t an exceptionally fluid athlete. He gets knocked off balance too often, especially when blocking on the run. Has left tackle potential, but don’t assume that’s where he’ll play based simply on his size/speed numbers.
Pass Protection: Struggled with speed rushers at times, even at the lower levels of the college ranks. While he’s fast, his footwork isn’t exceptionally quick and he will be abused early in his career if lined up at left tackle. Doesn’t finish off his blocks enough, which is concerning given his level of competition. He should have been more dominant.
Run Blocking: Dominant at the FCS level. He does well clearing space in short-yardage situations. Despite his height and does a great job staying low to plow defensive linemen off their spot. Also gets to the second level with use. Used to pulling fairly frequently and gets to his spot quickly. However, he’s shaky with his technique on the move. He tends to lunge at guys a lot and get caught off balance.
Intangibles: Could have played D-I but went to Arkansas-Pine Bluff because they allowed him to play football and track and field.
Durability: Suffered a shoulder injury in 2012.
Comments: Armstead has some obvious upside due to his athleticism, but he is a project. It should not be assumed that he is a future left tackle based strictly on his measurements and combine numbers. Early in his career Armstead will be much better off at right tackle or even guard. As he develops his technique, a switch to left tackle is possible.
Kyle Long OT Oregon #74
Size/Athleticism: Elite athleticism for an interior lineman, where he played at Oregon. Has the size and athleticism to play left tackle in the pros, but lacks the experience to play there immediately.
Pass Protection: Awareness is a concern, but it likely stems from his limited experience and should be fixable down the road. Gets lost in the zone blocking scheme when he isn’t immediately engaged and gets caught out of position at times. He is extremely athletic as an interior lineman does very well blocking in space. He demonstrates the quick footwork to recover when beat off the snap by more athletic interior pass rushers. He’s tall for a guard and tends to play too upright. Stronger defensive linemen who are able to stay low and use leverage to stand him up and knock him on his heels.
Run Blocking: Impressive athleticism makes him an asset when blocking on the move. He will be an asset in the read option due to his ability to move and get down the field. Rarely used in traditional man-blocking situations in Oregon’s offense. Frequently used to pull at Oregon when playing guard. Not a powerful blocker in short yardage situations. He struggles to move interior defensive linemen off their spot and simply lacks the strength to win one-on-one battles with nose tackles inside.
Intangibles: Former baseball player with relatively little football experience. Drafted by the White Sox in 2008 but went to play baseball at Florida State. Failed out of school after one year and was arrested on a DUI charge in 2009. Played in junior college but played just one year at Oregon. Younger brother of Chris Long and son of Howie Long.
Durability: Slowed by an ankle injury in 2012.
Comments: Long’s athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect, but he isn’t ready for a starting job. His long-term value is definitely as a left tackle, but he may see the field more quickly as a guard. He should definitely be viewed as a developmental prospect, but given his unique athleticism for the position he could come off the board on the second day of the draft.
Brian Winters OG Kent State #66
Size/Athleticism: Will be a very good athlete for an interior linemen. Played left tackle at Kent State. Moves well for his size. Has plenty of experience blocking on the move.
Pass Protection: Holds his ground, but he’s not a finisher. Lacks the dominant strength to really finish guys off and if the play gets extended, he’ll lose control of the defender. Struggles with his balance at times. Stronger defensive linemen can knock him back on his heels. Struggled with faster edge-rusher at left tackle and will probably be limited to playing guard in the pros.
Run Blocking: Moves well for his size and will be an asset as a pulling guard, but he struggles to engage defenders on the move. When pulling, he needs to be quicker getting to his spot and getting a hit on his assignment. Isn’t a mauler and won’t be an elite power run blocking guard.
Intangibles: Four-year starter with experience at left and right tackle. Plays with a nasty demeanor and is fights through the whistle. Very well respected by coaches for his work ethic.
Durability: Played through a shoulder injury in 2011 which required surgery after the season. Suffered a pectoral injury during the bench press at the combine.
Comments: Winters has the tools to be a starter at the next level but his upside is limited by his modest physical tools. He lacks the dominant size or the impressive athleticism to really excel in any one area of the game. Given his toughness, durability and versatility, Winters is exactly the type of lineman teams cover in the 3rd round or later. He isn’t necessarily an immediate starter in the league, but he should develop into one down the road.
Larry Warford OG Kentucky #67
Size/Athleticism: Impressive size and move relatively well. Could probably drop weight and become a better all-around lineman because he would add to his mobility.
Pass Protection: Holds his ground against the bull rusher. He can win one-on-one battles against bull rush. Struggles to contain more athletic tackles in space.
Run Blocking: A nasty run blocker who excels in short yardage situations. He moves reasonably well for his size and can excel as a pulling guard. Gets to the second level sometimes, but struggles to engage with linebackers on the move. He lacks the lateral mobility to excel when blocking in space. Plays with good leverage. He gets low and can easily stand up defensive linemen and walk him back off the line. Strong enough to battle with nose tackles – proved his strength against Georgia’s Johnathan Jenkins.
Intangibles: Weight has been an issue. He played at 350 and has dropped down to the 330 range. He can play at 330, but he’s a good athlete and could more even better if he dropped down to 315-320.
Durability: Played in 47 games and started the final 37 games of his career.
Comments: Warford has the tools to be a dominant power run blocker at the next level. However, at his current weight he won’t be of interest to every team. If he could drop another 10 pounds in an effort to increase his mobility, Warford would become more versatile and maximize his potential. However, he should be viewed as an immediate starter regardless of his weight situation.
Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina #92
Size/Athleticism: Prototypical height and overall build for a defensive tackle. Moves well for an interior lineman and it isn’t just straight-line speed. His lateral movement is impressive. Strong arms allow him to swat away offensive tackles end disengage from blocks.
Run Defense: Consistently bursts through the line of scrimmage and makes plays in the backfield. Lateral movement allows him to slide along the line, enabling him to blug holes that many other tackles won’t get to. Gives a great effort in pursuit. Gets down the field in pursuit more frequently than the typical interior lineman. Doesn’t hold up quite as well at the point of attack as you’d expect considering his size.
Pass Rush: Explodes off the line of scrimmage. His initial burst is impressive and he builds momentum quickly. Plays out of control and doesn’t always seem to have a game plan. If he doesn’t win off the snap, he doesn’t have a backup plan to fight his way into the backfield.
Versatility: Could play the three-technique or the nose tackle position in the 4-3 defense. Best suited to play end in a 3-4, but could potentially play nose tackle if he added some weight.
Intangibles: Lacked motivation in high school. Only played one year of football and reportedly frequently skipped school. Didn’t attend college after high school and worked in a factory. Eventually walked on at community college. Turned his life around and is regarded as an extremely hard worker who is dedicated to football. 25 years old and mature compared to the average rookie.
Durability: Suffered a sprained ankle in 2012 but played through the injury. Started all 25 games during his career at UNC.
Comments: Williams needs to refine his technique as a pass-rusher and become more consistent, but he has the potential to be an incredibly well-rounded lineman. Some teams may view his age negatively, but his maturity and work ethic should make teams confident in his ability to make an immediate impact and develop quickly.