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Arik Armstead | Defensive End

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

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College Football Focus points out that Oregon DL Arik Armstead had merely 26 quarterback pressures and doesn't believe he was dominant enough to be a first-rounder.
"He has the size and perceived upside because of that, but there wasn't much dominance in his performance," Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo said. Armstead is a case where analytics and scouts are going to clash, an argument coaches and ultimately the front office are going to have to break. The 6-foot-7, 292-pound Armstead has all the talent in the world, but it's absolutely fair to point out that he wasn't nearly as disruptive as he should have been in college. In the end, we still expect Armstead to go in Round 1. Apr 22 - 7:10 PM

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Oregon DL Arik Armstead "didn't show much as a pass-rusher at Oregon but possesses good upside in this area with his length, power and athleticism," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He's also good against the run. He's straight out of central casting for what you look for in a 5-technique from a physical standpoint, but he could probably play either 4-3 defensive tackle or 4-3 defensive end if needed," McShay wrote. The 6-foot-7, 292-pound Armstead has the talent to go at the top of the first round and the production to go on Day 2. It seems likely that the difference will be split and he'll be tabbed in the middle of Round 1.
Apr 16 - 7:23 PM

Oregon DL Arik Armstead will have a pre-draft visit the 49ers at some point this month.

With defensive end Justin Smith considering retirement and Darnell Dockett probably not far behind, the 49ers need to fortify their defensive front in the draft. The 6-foot-7, 292-pound Armstead, who could conceivably play anywhere on the line, would be a good fit. ESPN's Steve Muench compares Armstead to Calais Campbell and Jared Odrick. Stats & Information Group's Sharon Katz, on the other hand, offers Ra'Shede Hageman, Quinton Coples, Gerald McCoy and Margus Hunt as comparisons to Armstead, the fourth-tallest DL measured at the combine since 2006.
Apr 8 - 5:36 PM

Oregon DL Arik Armstead will visit the Jaguars on Tuesday.

Armstead revealed the news on PFT on NBCSN. The Jaguars are hosting a huge group of top prospects on Tuesday. We don't think Armstead is in the conversation with the third pick and he will be off the board by the second round. Expect the Oregon defensive lineman to be drafted earlier than most are projecting. A top 10 selection is absolutely possible.
Apr 7 - 9:53 AM

ESPN's Steve Muench compares Oregon DL Arik Armstead to Calais Campbell and Jared Odrick.

"The 6-8 Calais Campbell is a better example if we are comparing players with this kind of rare height, but Jared Odrick may be the best comparison overall," Muench wrote. "His scheme versatility, ability to stuff the run and potential to develop into a productive power rusher coming out of Penn State in 2010 remind me of Armstead now." Stats & Information Group's Sharon Katz, on the other hand, offers Ra'Shede Hageman, Quinton Coples, Gerald McCoy and Margus Hunt as comparisons to Armstead, the fourth-tallest DL measured at the combine since 2006, based on the numbers. "Given his height, weight (292), relatively short arms and large hands, he's appears to be a heavier version of DEs Coples and Hunt," she wrote. "Armstead's combine tests more closely mirror a pair of athletic defensive tackles, Hageman and McCoy."
Apr 4 - 4:23 PM

Steve Muench of ESPN thinks San Francisco could target Oregon DL Arik Armstead in Round 1.

"The 49ers signed Darnell Dockett, but he is turning 34 years old and coming off a torn ACL, and 2013 second-round pick Tank Carradine could take the next step this year but has an extensive injury history himself," Muench wrote. "As a result, addressing the position makes sense even if [Justin] Smith returns and Dockett works out this year." Scouts Inc. is a big fan of Armstead, allotting him a grade of 93. "Armstead is a potential top-10 pick, but if he lasts until No. 15 the Niners would be wise to take him," Muench wrote. "At 6-foot-7 and 292 pounds, Armstead has an elite blend of bulk, power and length. He's a tough run-stopper who controls blockers one-on-one and has the violent hands to quickly disengage once he's located the ball. He doesn't project as a high-volume sack producer, but he's a powerful pass-rusher with the ability to occupy blockers and help free up San Francisco's talented edge rushers." Armstead, NFL Media analyst Daniel
Mar 29 - 8:27 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Oregon DL Arik Armstead "will need patience and coaching and must become a more effective pass rusher at some point."

Zierlein ranks Armstead as the No. 2 defensive lineman in the class. "Projection-based prospect with elite size and the traits to become a dominant run-stuffing defensive end in an odd front," the analyst wrote. "Armstead has the explosiveness off the snap and in his jarring punch to gain early advantages and control offensive linemen. Armstead is a fast riser but is still very raw." Zierlein compares the 6-foot-8, 290-pound defensive end to Calais Campbell. "I see the power in his hands and all of his tools, but I don't see the production or the consistent push that I feel like I should see from him. He could end up being a monster, but you have to understand that what you get right now is just a big athlete with some upside," said a Pac-12 area scout.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 23 - 11:36 PM

Oregon DL Arik Armstead "already excels against the run, is improving as a pass rusher and opinions are divided whether he projects as a tackle or end," noted NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"Focused, fearless and sometimes violent, Armstead and his freakish dimensions should cause offenses trouble on some NFL team's defensive line," Cooney wrote. Armstead had a so-so combine, logging a 5.10-second 40-yard dash, 24 bench reps, a 34-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-9 broad jump and a 4.53-second short shuttle. Armstead, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 13 prospect, has drawn comparisons to Dion Jordan and Ziggy Ansah.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 15 - 6:43 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Detroit could target Oregon DL Arik Armstead in Round 1.

The Lions figure to target defensive line fortification early in next month's draft after losing Ndamukong Suh to the Dolphins. "We've talked a lot about Eddie Goldman out of Florida State, but I'll say Arik Armstead from Oregon," Jeremiah said on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft." "He is intriguing because of his size and length. He's 6-foot-7. He would fit in great with that Detroit front. When you look at the size they have, they're almost 6-foot-5 across the board. Add somebody that's 6-7, and that's a big front Aaron Rodgers has to deal with." Many NFL.com mock drafts have Armstead going around where the Lions select at No. 23, with the highest projection No. 15 overall to the San Francisco 49ers.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 11:29 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Oregon DL Arik Armstead "didn't exactly prove anything" at the combine.

Armstead logged a 5.10-second 40-yard dash, 24 bench reps, a 34-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-9 broad jump and a 4.53-second short shuttle. "He also failed to show a great first step, though he had slightly above-average athletic ability," Brandt wrote. "Still, Armstead has 'potential' written all over him. What keeps me from being discouraged? His impressive performance in the College Football Playoff Championship Game, during which he racked up nine total tackles and a fumble recovery. His less-than-stellar combine showing aside, I still think Armstead has a chance to be something in pro football." Armstead, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 13 prospect, has drawn comparisons to Dion Jordan and Ziggy Ansah.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 28 - 5:09 PM

Oregon DL Arik Armstead is a "little bit like Datone Jones but much taller and bigger," said an NFL scout.

"Same kind of player," he said. "He has the athleticism but production has been minimal. When you're a really tall player you have to have either really good strength or play with really good technique and fundamentals. He doesn't have either yet. He plays hard. He's got the ability. It's just not totally there yet. He's going to be a rusher on the inside." Armstead, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 13 prospect, has drawn comparisons to Dion Jordan and Ziggy Ansah. "He plays like a man," another scout said. "Can be a five-technique. Damn right he has pass rush. Really a good player."
Feb 24 - 12:27 AM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Oregon DL Arik Armstead "is a huge hit-or-miss guy."

"He didn't have a lot of production at Oregon (four sacks in three years) for someone with his size, speed and athleticism," Brandt wrote. "Of course, that athleticism is nothing to sneeze at, considering he spent time on the Ducks' basketball team. Can Armstead play end and rush the passer? He reminds me of former Oregon prospect Dion Jordan, though the hope would be that Armstead is able to produce more at the level of Ziggy Ansah (15.5 sacks), another relatively inexperienced and athletic pass rusher from that class." Because Armstead's production was middling, the analyst believes his combine is crucial, adding, "I'll be watching to make sure he's one of those guys who jumps up to be at the front of the line when it's time to do drills."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 7:57 PM

Oregon DL Arik Armstead can play any spot along a 3-4 line, believes NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

"I think Arik Armstead from Oregon is an intriguing guy, especially in the 3-4," Mayock said. "He can play any one of the three positions. He's 6-8, 290, and he's a baby right now. He's going to grow into something immense, and he's got great skills." Armstead collected 46 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks this past season. Armstead is NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 13 prospect. ESPN's Mel Kiper compares him to Ziggy Ansah.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 18 - 1:29 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Oregon DL Arik Armstead is "a phenomenal athlete... with excellent strength and quickness" but "needs to prove it to NFL decision-makers, from his running and jumping to the bag drills."

"His production with the Ducks wasn't great (just 2.5 sacks in 2014), but playing as a 5-technique defensive end in a 3-4 scheme is partially to blame," McShay wrote. "In order for teams to be comfortable with taking him early in the first round, they need to feel confident that he has the physical tools to produce more sacks at the NFL level, and that means he'll have to put on a show in the athletic testing -- which I think he'll be able to do." McShay's colleague Mel Kiper compares Armstead to Ziggy Ansah. The 6-foot-8, 290-pound defensive end should test like gangbusters.
Feb 17 - 6:35 PM

Oregon junior DL Arik Armstead "will test off the charts for an athlete his size," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot-8, 290-pound defensive end has amazing athleticism for such a huge human being. He posted 46 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks this past season. Armstead grades out as NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 13 prospect. ESPN's Mel Kiper compares him to Ziggy Ansah.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 13 - 1:05 PM