2013 NFL Scouting Combine: Terron Armstead’s Buzz is Backed up by Tape

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Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Arkansas-Pinebluff offensive lineman Terron Armstead speaks to the media during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Today at the NFL Scouting Combine, Arkasas-Pine Bluff standout left tackle Terron Armstead dropped jaws with his 4.65 40 time. That is already incredible, considering his towering 6-5, 306 pound stature. Now throw in the fact that he was only one of 11 linemen to break 30 reps (31) bench pressing 225 pounds, and Armstead is shaping up to a Combine riser.

Or, that is, he would have if not having already laying down hours of impressive tape.

In the SWAC Conference at APB, Armstead just completely dominated competition. His technique was sometimes exemplary, but sometimes horrific. He gets tremendous power when he uses his hands to punch on impact, but on occasion he showed himself too slow with his hands and became more of a human wall.

Being a human wall is also easier when a player is as quick on his feet as Armstead is. He can move laterally in his kick slide almost as well as uber-prospect Eric Fisher, and was very rarely beaten with a counter move. Especially when his hand technique is on, he can punch an outside linebacker’s outside shoulder so hard that it twists his whole body right where Armstead wants it.