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Arik Armstead | Defensive End

Team: Oregon Ducks
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 285

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An NFL GM told NFL Media's Alber Breer that Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead "has first-round talent, no doubt."
"No. 9 (Armstead) is extremely gifted," the GM told NFL Media's Albert Breer. "He has first-round talent, no doubt. The more he shows us in the playoff game, the better chance he has. But he's a 6-foot-8, 290-pound freak." The Ducks' defensive lineman has been told by NFL evaluators that he's a potential first-round pick and is likely NFL-bound. One AFC West GM said in a document obtained by Yahoo!. "Has everything you want out of a [defensive lineman]. Height, length, power, pass rush ability. Needs to show more consistency, but raw potential is very intriguing. First round." Dec 26 - 3:26 PM
Source: NFL.com

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NFL.com's Charles Davis believes Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead "could use another year in school."

Yahoo! Sports recently reported that Armstead is "heavily leaning" towards declaring, and his father is already speaking with agents. Davis believes that's a bad idea. "He has a basketball background and is a very intriguing athlete who improved as the season progressed," Davis wrote. "Armstead is like an erector set -- he's big and long-levered. Another year of working on maintaining leverage against blockers and getting stronger could help him a lot." Even so, Armstead is likely NFL-bound. The defensive lineman has been told by NFL evaluators that he's a potential first-round pick. "Can see him going very, very high," one AFC West GM said in a document obtained by Yahoo!. "Has everything you want out of a [defensive lineman]. Height, length, power, pass rush ability. Needs to show more consistency, but raw potential is very intriguing. First round."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 18 - 1:44 AM

Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead is "heavily leaning" towards declaring for the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Rand Getlin.

Getlin says Armstead's father has already begun speaking with agents. The defensive linemen has heard from NFL evaluators who see a potential first-round pick. Can see him go very, very high," one AFC West GM said in a document obtained by Getlin. "Has everything you want out of a [defensive lineman]. Height, length, power, pass rush ability. Needs to show more consistency, but raw potential is very intriguing. First round." Armstead was viewed as a top offensive tackle recruit coming out of high school and has frequently flashed along the defensive line. He dealt with a number of injuries this season.
Dec 16 - 10:41 AM

Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead and DL teammates DeForest Buckner and Tony Washington "made life miserable for Anu Solomon and the Arizona Wildcats" on Friday, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Terrific performances from Armstead and Buckner justified their placement among my personal top-ranked prospects for the 2015 draft," Rang wrote. Rang ranks Armstead and Buckner, a 6-foot-6, 286-pound end, just outside of his top 32 Big Board. Armstead plans to enter the draft this winter, TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reported last month. Buckner, also a junior, has been a bit more cagey about his intentions.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 7 - 3:44 PM

Barring a major injury Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead plans to enter the draft, TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports.

"Sources out west tell me Oregon’s Arik Armstead will enter the draft barring a major injury," Pauline writes. The 6-foot-8, 285-pound is one of the nation's most talented interior defensive lineman and is asked to play a variety of gaps. Pauline adds that, Armstead "has missed a few contests this season with an ankle issue, which is not expected to impact his decision for next year."
Nov 7 - 3:24 PM

Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead returned to the starting lineup against Stanford.

Armstead is one of the nation's most talented interior defensive lineman and is asked to play a variety of gaps. While some have suggested his best projection is at offensive tackle, expect Armstead to stay on defense and declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Nov 4 - 12:16 PM

Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead and sophomore RB Thomas Tyner did not travel for the school's game against Cal.

Some might look at this from an injury perspective, but we are not so sure. Team officials did not end the speculation since they did not give a specific reason. Armstead did miss time recently with a left ankle injury (now two of the last three games), but he was confident he would play this week. Tyner did hurt his shoulder last week against Washington. Kicker Matt Wogan was also left at home.
Oct 24 - 10:24 PM

Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead expects to play against Cal despite dealing with a left ankle injury.

Oregon has a bit of a short week, as they face the Bears on Friday. Armstead started the game against Washington, but could only muster a few snaps before being replaced. The junior has not put all of his potential together, but on positive snaps he shows great strength and good movement skills for someone of his size.
Oct 21 - 10:02 AM

Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead is not in pads for warmups versus UCLA.

Beat writer Rob Moseley expects T.J. Daniel to start in Armstead's place. The defensive lineman is one of the more intriguing prospects in the country and is coming to his own this season. We wouldn't be surprised if some NFL teams view Armstead as an offensive lineman, as many colleges did. He is expected to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft,
Oct 11 - 3:03 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that it's no coincidence that Arizona scored all four of their touchdowns after Oregon junior DE Arik Armstead exited with a leg injury last week.

The 6-foot-8, 280-pound projected first-rounder limped off the field under his own power on Thursday in the second quarter and didn't return. "The injury, which isn't expected to keep Armstead out for long, is something scouts will need to investigate, but there is no denying the big man's talent," Rang wrote. "Massive, athletic and just now learning to use his natural strength to defeat blocks after fully dedicating himself to football, Armstead has been one of the early risers of the 2014 season." Rang grades Armstead as the No. 29 overall prospect in the draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 8 - 7:10 PM

Oregon junior DE Arik Armstead suffered an ankle injury in Thursday's loss to Arizona.

The 6-foot-8, 280-pound projected first-rounder limped off the field -- under his own power, fortunately -- in the second quarter and didn't return. Oregon has not yet updated the public on Armstead's injury status. The Oregonian ominously wrote on Friday: "Can Oregon move past defensive lineman Arik Armstead's injury and still apply pressure on opponents? The line has been Oregon's most consistent defensive unit this season, but any potential injury to the 6-foot-8 Armstead hurts that, even if his backup, T.J. Daniel, came up with a big sack on third down to end Arizona's very next drive in the first half." Stay tuned.
Oct 3 - 5:44 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler reports that Oregon redshirt junior QB Marcus Mariota and junior DE Arik Armstead will both enter the draft after the season.

Both prospects purchased large disability insurance policies prior to the season, which the school ultimately covered. Mariota was always ticketed for the 2015 draft, so we'll instead focus on Armstead. The 6-foot-8, 280-pounder has basketball athleticism and light feet, meaning the mansion of his athletic potential doesn't have an easily perceivable ceiling. We're concerned, however, that he played so poorly as a true sophomore, once called basketball his "first love," and has been eying the 2015 draft for some time now. There are questions about Armstead that only his production can answer. "Armstead isn't as well-known nationally, but he leads the Ducks with 4.0 tackles for loss so far in 2014 and has the gifted skill-set that makes him a projected first round pick," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 16 - 6:39 PM

Oregon junior DE Arik Armstead earned a Round 7 grade from TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Armstead has two seasons of eligibility left to transcend this projection, and he has more than enough talent to do so. For starters, he's a 6-foot-8, 280-pound monster with basketball athleticism and light feet. Armstead had a productive freshman campaign as a rotational player, but he turned off scouts with a disappearing act as a sophomore in 2013. If he's productive as an every-down player this fall, Armstead will have the opportunity to opt into the draft early.
Jul 13 - 11:03 PM

Oregon junior DE Arik Armstead "boasts such an incredible combination of size and athleticism that he could wind up as Oregon's hottest NFL prospect on the defensive side of the ball," writes Rob Rang of CBS Sports.

Armstead was expected to burst onto the scene as a national star last year after enjoying a productive freshman season as a rotational player coming off a lauded prep career. Instead, he often disappeared, posting only 15 tackles in 13 games (five starts). Armstead "could be on the verge of a breakout campaign after quitting Oregon's basketball team to focus on football," wrote Rang. "A monstrous man with natural power and light feet, Armstead's upside is undeniable."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 21 - 9:50 PM

Oregon sophomore DL Arik Armstead has given up his place on the school's basketball team to focus on football.

Armstead, at 6'8/280 pounds, was listed as a forward on the team, and previously called basketball his "first love." On the football field, Armstead predominantly lines up at defensive tackle and has tons of talent despite a lack of national attention. One NFL talent evaluator told the Oregonion Armstead has "the highest upside of any Duck not named Marcus Mariota because of his sheer physical gifts." He was also a highly rated offensive line recruit.
Jan 29 - 10:29 AM