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Arik Armstead | Defensive End

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

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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. Sep 16 - 6:39 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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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

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Oregon sophomore DE Arik Armstead is a name to keep an eye on.

"Raw but a grown man out there as a true freshman," Weidl writes. "Has a chance to be big time." Armstead is only a sophomore in 2013, so we will see him play college ball for at least two more season, but his 6'8/280 pound frame is very intriguing. The Ducks defense remains quite talented.
Tue, May 14, 2013 08:51:00 AM