Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
At 6’5″ and 306LBs, Terron Armstead is the ideal size for the modern NFL tackle. He’s big, strong, and as evident at the combine, fast.
Coming from the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Armstead hadn’t really made a name for himself in the national sphere. However, he did get called up to the Senior Bowl as an injury replacement for Tennessee’s Dallas Thomas.
Things changed for Armstead at the combine. Jaws dropped at his 4.71 40 yard dash. Linemen aren’t supposed to run that fast–especially 306LB linemen. His time was better than Manti Te’o's 4.82 and many other players in the spotlight. During linemen drills, Armstead impressed scouts with his quick footwork, proving that he is a true athlete. However, he’ll need to continue to improve upon his lower body strength to take on an NFL-style bull rush. We’ll see how he does at his pro day on March 4th.
Armstead’s performance got him trending on Twitter and made him the talk of combine week. Scouts think they’ve found something special, so don’t be surprised if he’s taken mid-2nd round.
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Lane Johnson is an all-around athlete. Originally a high school QB, Johnson played TE in junior college before switching to right tackle. Finally, in his senior year at OK, coaches moved him to left tackle where he protected QB Landry Jones and later dominated in the Senior Bowl.
At the combine, Johnson proved just how athletic he is with a 4.72 40 yard dash time, a mere .01 second slower than top O-Line performer, Terron Armstead. Johnson’s time was better than many tight ends, and such burst will give teams a huge advantage in the run game. He bested all offensive linemen in broad jump by 2 inches.
The only possible knock against Johnson is his little experience at left tackle. However, I say he’s already more than proven his worth and abilities at the position. NFL coaches can teach him to master the fundamentals, but it is rare to find such raw athleticism. He proved Saturday that he deserves to go within the Top-15, possibly Top-10.
The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine will take place in Indianapolis, IN from February 23-26. Over 300 of the nation’s top prospects will undergo close inspection as they participate in drills designed specifically for their position and general events like the 40-yd dash, vertical jump, bench press, etc.
NFL Network will be broadcasting all four days of the event. Most eyes will be on Sunday when QBs report, including potential number one pick, Geno Smith.
Combine Workout Schedule:
• Saturday, Feb. 23: Tight Ends, Offensive Linemen, Special Teams
• Sunday, Feb. 24: Quarter Backs, Running Backs, Wide Receivers
• Monday, Feb. 25: Defensive Linemen, Linebackers
• Tuesday, Feb. 26: Defensive Backs