A few people might have heard his name before, but Terron Armstead made his name known today with a breakout performance at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
The 6' 5", 306 lb offensive tackle from the University of Arkansas at Pine-Bluff ran a 4.71 40-yard dash, the best time out of all the offensive tackles who have ran it since 2006. And that's not all he did to turn heads on Saturday. Armstead also recorded a 34.5 inch vertical jump, the top of any contender in the combine this year and only 1 inch short of Travis Bright's 35.5 inch vertical which stands as the OT record at the combine.
Armstead came in at 4th place for the broad jump drill, recording a 9' 4" leap, only 6' behind LAne Johnson who set the combine record at 9' 10". He came in 8th place at the bench press, recording 31 reps (Eric Herman pumped out 36 to lead the pack.)
Terron Armstead went from a "Who's Terron Armstead?" to a "That's Terron Armstead" with his impressive performance at the 40 yard dash and vertical and broad jumping drills today. If someone were to plot his draft stock, it would look similar to Apple Inc.'s stock chart.
So. now that I've introduced him, here's a little background of Armstead. Coming out of high school, he received several Division I football offers but declined all of them to attend Arkansas-Pine Bluff because Pine-Bluff's football coach, former Redskins LB Monte Coleman, was the only coach that would allow Armstead to play football and track-and-field for his school. Armstead was a part of a great track-and-field team in high school as well. Not only did Armstead win the All-SWAC football player honor three times for A-PB, he also won the All-SWAC track and field honors eight times. So there should be no surprise at this point why they 306 lb Armstead "surprised" the scouts with a 4.71 40.
For Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Armstead played in 37 games and started his surprising in the East-West Shrine Game where he played extremely well. He played so well that he got a call to play in the Senior Bowl to replace the injured Dallas Thomas.
If Armstead can bulk up before the draft, he will sit right at the top of the list for offensive tackles in this year's draft. He already has raw speed, and that's something you can't necessarily teach, but you can always teach a guy to work out and become stronger. When all is said and done, look for Armstead to be picked on day 2 of the draft.