2015 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Arik Armstead
Arik Armstead Player Profile
April 4, 2015
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School: Oregon Ducks
Position: Defensive Tackle
Career Stats: 87 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, four sacks and one forced fumble.
Strengths: Arik Armstead has elite height and size for the defensive tackle position, and he’s tall enough to put on even more healthy weight if need be. Armstead is quicker than you’d think for his size and has terrific upper-body strength that give him the ability to be effective against the run. Armstead’s height and basketball past give him a huge advantage to clog passing lanes, and his vertical jump was 34 inches at the NFL combine. Arik Armstead’s best position would be be a five technique in a 3-4 defense, but he also has the ability to play in a 4-3 as a three technique. Armstead is a strong worker and is willing to improve his game and get stronger in the weight room.
Weaknesses: Arik Armstead can sometimes give up on plays when his pass-rush stalls. Armstead lacks the quickness to chase down ball carriers and could improve his hand usage. Armstead could improve his pass rush ability overall, and he does have a slight history of leg and ankle injuries, causing him to miss some playing time at Oregon. Armstead also has yet to prove he can drop back into coverage.
Projection: Arik Armstead didn’t show a ton at Oregon, but his elite frame is good enough to consider drafting him in the first round. With a little coaching, Armstead could be one of the better defensive tackles at the next level. Arik Armstead is still very raw for a three-year player, but his extreme upside is worth taking a risk on.