By Kyle Casey, Staff Writer
Entering this weekend’s NFL Scouting Combine, a small school prospect with a lot to gain was Terron Armstead. After an impressive performance in January’s East-West Shrine Game, Armstead became a well-known prospect among draftniks.
The 6’5 offensive tackle/guard from Arkansas Pine-Bluff entered the combine as a likely day two pick. His talent as both a possible left tackle and starting guard in the NFL made him an ideal third-round pick, but after a few notable times at the combine, Armstead’s stock is ready to skyrocket.
Armstead kicked off his combine by weighing in at 306 pounds with 34-inch arms. His arms are long enough to be a tackle in the NFL, but he’s also quick enough getting to the second level to be a guard.
His quickness at the combine is what will likely make him one of the fastest post-combine risers on draft boards. In the 40-yard dash, Armstead ran an unofficial 4.65 with a 10-yard split of 1.64. His 40 time of 4.65 is almost two tenths of a second faster than the previous record holder for offensive linemen, held by Allen Barbre. The fourth round pick in 2007 ran a 4.84 at the combine six years ago. Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson, who ran his 40-yard dash shortly after Armstead, also beat Barbre with an unofficial time of 4.75.
What’s most impressive about Armstead’s time is his 10-yard split, which is the most important time for linemen. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock noted that last year’s average 10-yard split for linemen was 1.79, .15 seconds slower than Armstead.
Mayock also noted that Armstead’s unofficial time of 4.65 is the equivalent of a wide receiver or running back running a 4.1, which would shatter Chris Johnson’s combine record of 4.24.
Armstead also excelled in the bench press drill as he benched 225 pounds 31 times, five reps behind the top lineman, Ohio’s Eric Herman (36).
The versatile lineman was already a solid day two prospect to begin with, but his incredible athleticism that was displayed at the combine could make him a late second-round pick.