Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Saints' picks: Round 3/75 -- Terron Armstead, T, 6-5, 304, Arkansas-Pine Bluff...Armstead was viewed as one of the biggest risers in the draft and the Saints agreed, getting him in the third round even though they had a second-round grade on him because of his size and athleticism. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Saints' picks: Round 3/75 -- Terron Armstead, T, 6-5, 304, Arkansas-Pine Bluff...Armstead was viewed as one of the biggest risers in the draft and the Saints agreed, getting him in the third round even though they had a second-round grade on him because of his size and athleticism. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The Saints, who were without picks in the second and seventh rounds when the draft began on Thursday night, put the choice they got from the Jets to good use just minutes after they made their third-round selection. They used their own third-round pick to select Arkansas-Pine Bluff tackle Terron Armstead, a steady riser on the draft charts, at No. 75 and got back into the third round to select Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins just seven picks later.
The ability to beef up both lines came when they packaged the pick they got from the Jets (No. 106 overall) with their own fourth-rounder (No. 109) and sent them to the Miami Dolphins for the 82nd selection. "I'm excited about tonight," Payton said later. "We started the day with a list of seven or eight guys, and Armstead was at the top of the list. Then we were able to get ourselves a player (Jenkins) with presence and size. "We wanted to become bigger and we had that opportunity," Payton said of Jenkins, a 6-4, 359-pounder who'll get a chance to help shore up a defense that ranked last overall and was 31st against the run in 2012. - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 41. OT Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-5, 306, 4SR)...An athletic mover, Armstead doesn't have ideal experience against top competition, but is fluid on the move and has NFL teams intrigued with his physical tools. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/21/13 - ROB RANG'S 2013 NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 6-5, 306, 4.65 ... The dazzling straight-line speed Armstead demonstrated at the combine caught the public by surprise but not scouts who saw him dominate competition at the East-West Shrine Game and impress as a late injury replacement at the Senior Bowl, as well. Unlike many small school prospects who simply latch on with whatever program will give them an opportunity, Armstead was recruited by a number of big schools, opting to play with Golden Lions because they were the only team willing to let him compete in track, as well as football. Highly intelligent, a remarkable athlete and having demonstrated the ability to raise his level of play against elite competition, Armstead could earn a shockingly high draft selection.
Five Other Offensive Linemen to Consider ... 1. Braden Brown, BYU, 6-6, 310, 5.20 ... 2. Theo Goins, Central Florida, 6-5, 313, 5.36* ... 3. Luke Marquardt, Azusa-Pacific, 6-9, 315, 5.34 ... 4. Vinston Painter, Virginia Tech, 6-4, 306, 4.90 ...5. Matt Summers-Gavin, California, 6-4, 310, 5.49* - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/05/13 - 2013 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Pro Day: Terron Armstead‘s impressive run-up to the 2013 NFL Draft continued Monday at Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s pro day. New San Diego Chargers offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris put Armstead through a workout that went on for about an hour. Armstead - who was among the top performers at his position in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump at the NFL Scouting Combine - only participated in the position drills at the pro day. Armstead looked outstanding in the workouts, and now has some private workouts scheduled, including one with the Dallas Cowboys. Armstead has a very good chance of being one of the top 60 players selected in the draft. Representatives from 12 teams were at Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s pro day March 4. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/05/13 - 2013 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Pro Day: Armstead is the No. 5-rated offensive tackle and 50th-ranked prospect overall by NFLDraftScout.com. A team betting on Armstead's significant upside might gamble on him even earlier. A terrific athlete, Armstead signed with Arkansas-Pine Bluff because it was the only school that would allow him to compete in both football and track. Armstead was one of 14 prospects at Monday's workouts, where the 40-yard dash was run on a high school field. "It's been fun and a good experience to compete against guys from bigger schools," he said. "It is a great opportunity coming from a small school even though they question the level of competition, although there are a lot of great players in the SWAC." - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
03/05/13 - 2013 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Pro Day: Terron Armstead did nothing to slow his rapid ascent up draft boards by participating in positional drills at Arkansas Pine-Bluff's pro day on Monday. Representatives from at least 15 NFL teams were present, and he continues to line up private workouts for teams, including the Dallas Cowboys. A relative unknown entering the pre-draft process despite being a first-team All-SWAC player each of the past three seasons, Armstead enjoyed a strong week at the Shrine Game and then blew up the athletic testing at the combine by setting a combine record for offensive linemen with a 4.71-second 40-yard dash and posting a 34.5-inch vertical jump and a 112-inch broad jump. A high school state champion in the shot put (long was 62'3"), he also put up 31 reps at 225 pounds at the combine. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
03/05/13 - 2013 Arkansas Pine Bluff Pro Day: In front of a host of NFL scouts the University of Arkansas At Pine Bluff hosted its annual Pro Day; where all members of the 2012 Golden Lions football team who are seniors and have exhausted all eligibility have a chance to work out in NFL combine style drills. With representatives from at least 15 NFL teams, senior Golden Lion prospects, such as Terron Armstead, Brandon Thurmond, Bill Ross and Jarvis Webb to name a few, got a chance to display speed, strength, and agility as they auditioned for a chance to one day live out a childhood dream of playing on Sunday.
For all that comes along with having a shot to play on the next level, senior offensive tackle Terron Armestead has worked himself into a position that has opened everyone's eyes across the country. With running the fastest time for an offensive lineman in the history of the NFL combine and playing in the Senior Bowl and the East West Shrine Game, Armstead has had the sports world buzzing. “It's been fun and a good experience to compete against guys from bigger schools. It is a great opportunity coming from a small school even though they question the level of competition, although there are a lot of great players in the SWAC”, said Armstead.
When asked about the opportunity for exposure that this type of event has for these student- athletes, head coach Monte Coleman had this to say, “We've actually got a stellar group of guys out here working out today. Even some guys that played in 2011.” “This has really been great for these guy's to have an opportunity to make it to the professional level”, added Coleman. - Arkansas Pine Bluff football
02/27/13 - TOP 10 COMPELLING NFL COMBINE STORY LINES: Another project who blossomed: Terron Armstead, a 6-4, 306-pound OT who ran a 4.71 40 and had folks trying to search the Ark-Pine Bluff website. Armstead, also a stellar shot putter, had interest from Big 12 schools coming out of Cahokia High School in Illinois but told reporters that he didn't take his ACT until after Signing Day and is one of those guys who falls through the cracks of big-time college football every year. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
02/23/13 - There's not all that much impressive about a 4.65 40-yard dash time. Unless you're an offensive lineman anyway, which explains why everyone at the 2013 NFL Combine is abuzz over Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive lineman Terron Armstead. That's because Armstead cranked out a pair of eye-popping numbers, running a 4.65 and 4.71 40-yard dash. Both times are unofficial and we usually see these times go up after the official numbers are posted. So it's possible Armstead ends up with higher numbers, but it's not that relevant, because the dude can cook it down the track. "I've been blessed with a unique skill-set," Armstead said via Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com. "I'm extremely light on my feet for a big guy, I have to say. It's a blessing."
Simply put, he's fast. Of course, we already knew this -- the NFLDraftScout.com guys predicted that Armstead would "dazzle in workouts" this year. He's doing just that. And he's also likely pushing his stock north quickly. Projected as the 10th overall tackle by our rankings and a third-round pick, Armstead is doing himself some favors today. Nothing says Saturday morning like watching gigantic lineman sprint around in their skivvies. But no matter what you think of the offensive lineman portion of the combine, you'd be hard pressed to hate on Armstead. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com