The NFL Draft Scouting Combine’s 2013 edition has officially begun on the field at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis, and day one of on-the-field workouts features special teamers, tight ends, and offensive linemen. That means a 40 yard dash time in the mid 4-second range would stand out in a group like that. Especially if it’s run by an offensive lineman.
Terron Armstead, offensive tackle from Arkansas Pine-Bluff, posted an unofficial 40 yard dash time of 4.65 seconds, widely believed to be the fastest time in combine history for the position. Armstead has plenty of size to go with that speed, measuring up to 6’5″ tall and weighing just over 300 pounds. He has plenty of raw upper body strength, as well, posting 31 reps of the bench press drill. In other words, Armstead has more than proven to be a fantastic athlete in the first few hours of the combine workouts.
Is this a player the Buccaneers might be interested in drafting in the 2013 NFL Draft? Armstead is definitely a project, lacking in elite technique and skill for an offensive lineman. This is compounded by the fact that he comes from an FCS school, and one of the weaker conferences at that level, the SWAC. CBSSports.com’s draft profile for Armstead points out that he struggles to finish off blocks, and can be caught out by power rushers. The general thought about Terron is that he’s “more of an athlete than a football player” and will need a good bit of work to develop into an NFL offensive lineman. Should he slide in the draft, he could make an interesting blocking tight end prospect, but his rise up the draft board thanks to impressive Shrine Bowl and Senior Bowl appearances and today’s workouts means Armstead is likely going to be selected on day two. At this point, a scheme that better suits an hyper-athletic lineman would be a better situation for Armstead, and the Buccaneers can look to more conventional offensive tackles to fill the gap left by the likely departure of Jeremy Trueblood.