40 Time (E): 4.90
Overview: Terron Armstead won’t be a sleeper for long. He’s an incredible athlete for his size that has a left tackle skill set. The major problem for Armstead is that he lacks ideal size/length for a LT. Some teams may look at him as a swing tackle/guard. Armstead had D1 football offers but opted for Arkansas Pine-Bluff out of high school because of his ability to play football and participate in track and field. Armstead is an elite level shot putter as he’s chalked up 8 SWAC Championships in track and field. As good as he is on the track, his future in the NFL as Armstead is a prime candidate to rise into a day two prospect with his unique blend of athleticism and technique.
Pass Blocking: Armstead is an NFL ready pass protector. He has above-average feet with the ability to mirror quicker DE’s. Armstead was a standout at the East-West game and as a late invite to the Senior Bowl because of his ability to get to the edge and keep some of the elite edge rushers from pressuring. His balance is off the charts as you rarely see him overextend or on the ground. Armstead will need to add strength/mass to his frame as he can be beat with power. Struggled a bit by power ends that were able to bull rush and destroy his anchor. Anchor power needs improvement.
Run Blocking: Ideal fit in zone scheme as he’s a little reminiscent of Houston’s Duane Brown. At his best in the run game on the move. He gets to the second level quickly and is solid in space. His lower body strength is very average and won’t be great in a power man scheme as a drive blocker. Much better at walling off and moving into the second level. Struggles a bit with keeping his eyes up. Will drop his head and lunge which causes him to lose assignment. Definite work in progress in the run game but upside is there for him to excel as a zone blocker.
Technique: Impressive from a technical standpoint for a small school prospect. Didn’t face great competition in college but held his own in the all-star game circuit. His footwork is near flawless and plays with a low center of gravity. Hand placement is solid, although I would like to see him strike with more power. Drops his head in space too often which causes him to whiff when he’s in great position.
Size/Strength/Athleticism: Armstead could handle adding 5-10 pounds of quality mass to his frame. Strong, sticky hands on contact but lower body needs developing. His base/anchor strength is a concern. In a class full of athletic tackles, Armstead can hang with the best of them. He’s an ideal ZBS tackle that (at worst) can kick inside to guard. At best he has all the tools to play LT in a ZBS.
Bottom Line: Terron Armstead is a sleeper no more. After solid showings at the East-West game and Senior Bowl, Armstead has made his way into media circles that have begun the hype train. He’s an ideal fit in a heavy ZBS with the athletic ability shine as a LT, RT, or LG. He may not be ready to step in immediately on the left side but has the potential to grow into a quality LT in the right scheme. I think Armstead solidified himself as a day two pick with his performances in the all-star games and could make his way into the second round of the draft when it’s all said and done.