Dorance Armstrong Jr., Kansas: 2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report

LAWRENCE, KS - SEPTEMBER 10: Quarterback Greg Windham
LAWRENCE, KS - SEPTEMBER 10: Quarterback Greg Windham /

Kansas’ Dorance Armstrong Jr. is a long and highly athletic defensive end prospect who still needs time to develop.

Dorance Armstrong Jr. features the build and athleticism evaluators look for in a defensive edge prospect. He has the long arms needed to get his hands on the defender and keep clean. His frame could also handle some more bulk if necessary.

Armstrong flashes excellent quickness and short-area burst. This quickness gives him the ability to get a jump off the line, attack the edge and close on the quarterback. It also makes him a very effective run defender when closing the back door.

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He plays with a solid motor which includes him chasing the ball carrier several yards down field. However, he plays with some hesitation. Armstrong doesn’t let it lose with any consistency and appears to be over thinking.

He also needs to play with more physicality and show a nasty streak. Armstrong works to gain inside hand placement, but he doesn’t play with violence. He needs to do a better job firing off the ball, rolling his hips and delivering a powerful punch.

Armstrong also needs to improve his upper-body strength as he has some struggles disengaging from the blocker.

This is a prospect with a ton of upside based on his athletic profile. He flashes that potential, but needs to produce on a more consistent level. Armstrong must start trusting his reads and playing at full speed. Again, doesn’t mean he needs to play harder as Armstrong does have a solid motor.

His development would get a boost from working with NFL coaches who can focus on adding more to his pass rushing arsenal. However, a lot of his draft stock is tied up in his potential rather than actual production.