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.