Armstead sets combine record


INDIANAPOLIS – Terron Armstead’s goal at the NFL Combine was to wow the NFL brass.

Thanks to an impressive workout on Saturday, the Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive tackle did just that.

With a record-setting performance, Armstead’s draft stock likely improved drastically. Armstead ran a 4.71 40-yard dash – the fastest recorded time ever for an offensive lineman at the combine.

After seeing Armstead’s official time, one longtime beat writer commented, “He made himself some many today.”

Armstead had already created a buzz following solid weeks at both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. Coming out of college, he was considered a late-round pick. After impressing at both all-star games and Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, Armstead is now being projected as a possible second-round pick.

The 6-foot-6, 306-pound lineman from Cahokia, Ill., also put up some other numbers that ranked him among the top performers. His 31 reps in bench press was the eighth most of all offensive linemen and that number is even more impressive considering his long 34-inch arms. He also ranked among the best offensive linemen with a 34 1/2-inch vertical leap and a broad jump of 9 feet, 4 inches.

Following the Combine, his next chance to wow is at the UAPB Pro Day on March 4.

Armstead is ranked 10th among offensive tackles and 98th overall on the 2013 Top NFL Draft Prospects chart by NFLDraftScout.com. He is projected to be drafted in the third round.

Commercial sports editor I.C. Murrell contributed to the article.