Terron Armstead   OT/TE   Arkansas Pine Bluff

TALENT BOARD ROUND  2

 

STRENGTHS

Terron is a remarkable athlete.  He has the size, strength and speed to play multiple positions for you on offense.  He shows on film to have  excellent work ethic, mental toughness and the characteristics of a terrific teammate. Terron has done a good job dominating his level of college play at the left tackle position.  He shows effort on every play as well as leadership skills though his play on the field. He has good feet and can be used on sweeps and screen plays.  He has the quickness to go out to the second level to make blocks against linebackers and safeties.  Terron has shown the athleticism to play NFL football, but remember...it takes more than athletic talent to play in the NFL.  

 

CONCERNS

When I see Terron on film playing left tackle, it looks to me like he hasn't played football very long at all.  His techniques in blocking for both the pass and run are poor.  He dominates on pure athletic talent.  He is too upright and is off balance on just about every play I have seen him blocking.  He reaches and holds on just about every play.  He has good feet, but looks like he is playing in cement when he blocks for running plays after he engages.  He starts out moving very well when pass blocking, but as soon as he engages, he stops moving his feet, bends at the waist and starts holding.  Terron plays with very poor leverage and loses all the strength he has in his upper and lower body when blocking because of it.  He is easy to bull rush even at the level he played at, and he seems very confused on his blocking assignment when run blocking and on screens and sweeps.  I'll be honest:  I think his techniques are so far behind where he needs to be that it will be a struggle for him to play left tackle at the next level for at least three to four years. It looks like he is thinking too much, but his lack of aggressiveness is the biggest concern for me.  Here is what I think -- tight end may be this kid's impact position.  Just get him the ball and let's see how many players can tackle a person who is 300 lbs and runs a 4.7 forty. Now that's a match-up nightmare. 

 

BOTTOM LINE

After watching Terron's play in the East-West Shrine game, I wondered like everyone else what this kid's potential was.  He performed well, but they moved him around from guard to tackle to guard and he looked athletic, but also confused and tentative. Terron then goes to the combine and shows everyone just how athletic he is.  So I wonder: is he a track star playing football or a football player who played track?  I obtained a couple of game films and looked for anything on the internet that might help to profile this kid.  What I saw made me NOT want to profile him because he was so far behind in his techniques that I knew if I gave him a bad profile, I would hear about it big time because of his workout numbers.  So I waited, praying he would not make Rob's top 100 and I could use that as an excuse not to profile Terron and I would be off the hook.  Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that's going to happen because everyday someone is talking about this kid so I decided I would have to do a profile on the limited amount of film I had.  And, I decide I'll have to use the profile to try and explain that Terron does have excellent athletic talent, but he's so far behind in his techniques as a left tackle that I'm not sure if he can be productive at the next level for a few years if at all.  I'm all set to take a hit for this and all of a sudden, there on film, is one play that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Terron falls off the line of scrimmage and his quarterback throws the ball to him behind the line of scrimmage.  He snatches the ball out of the air and explodes up the field.  That one play told me that Terron, with lot of hard work, could be a much better tight end than he could ever be a left tackle. I truly believe that you can see true potential to be great in just one play.  The rest of the film is needed to evaluate and understand how much nurturing and coaching you will need to do to bring out that potential greatness and get Terron to be  consistent.  In that one "hair standing" play, I saw everything that I expected to see in Terron when he plays left tackle that I did not see on film at that position.  I saw an aggressive, explosive football player.  I saw a kid's eyes light up, snatch the ball out of the air and look for a player to dominate.  I saw a 6'5" 300 lb kid who runs a 4.7 forty become a match-up nightmare for a linebacker, safety, or itty bitty cornerback to deal with and that's why I put a second round grade on Terron.  All Terron has to do is be able to catch the ball five yards off the line of scrimmage in a two tight end set and you will get a first down every single time.  If you work him out and he can catch the ball down the field at all, then you tell me how you expect any team to defend him.  So for me personally, I don't draft Terron as my next great athletically talent Left Tackle, I draft him as my next great athletically matchup nightmare tight end.  I believe that the day after you draft Terron, he can impact as a tight end.  I also believe that as a left tackle he won't see the field for a couple of years in spite of his athleticism.  Let's see if the NFL teams agree with me or not.  It should be interesting. 

 

Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart

Mar/2013