Arik Armstead Should Not Enter the 2015 NFL Draft

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Aug 30, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks defensive lineman Arik Armstead (9) grabs South Dakota Coyotes quarterback Kevin Earl (14) at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports


To go with the size and the power that he has, Armstead is very quick off the ball, has agility, and can run for his size. The former collegiate basketball player also has excellent balance and body control to bend and get around offensive lineman. He is also good at the point of the attack as he consistently sheds blocks and keeps his head up to find the ball.

As a pass-rusher, to go with his ability to bend and lean for such a tall man, he’s quick with his hands to slap opposing lineman’s hands away. And the length he has at 6’8″ makes it easier to do as he could do it from further way so offensive lineman can’t get to his body. At nearly 300 pounds, he’s not Mr. Pass-Rush Moves but when you put speed, quickness, power and ability to hand fight together, you can’t be stopped.