Arik Armstead Should Not Enter the 2015 NFL Draft

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Nov 8, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive lineman Arik Armstead (9) between plays during the second half against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Oregon won 51-27. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

At 6’8″, 300 pounds and very athletic, 3-4 defensive end Arik Armstead is the kind of NFL Draft prospect scouts drool over. Coming into this season, he was projected to go early in the first round but now, his projection is anywhere from 2-3. And from what I see of him on tape, he could be the Leonard Williams of the 2016 draft but Williams is in the draft this year.

Plus he hasn’t had the kind of year that would make him the kind of money his talents should make him in the draft. So waiting until the 2016 draft is Armstead’s his best option because he could be the first defensvie lineman taken in 2016. One more year could be the difference between being the guy right away and a project that doesn’t work out in the NFL.

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