Terron Armstead: Video Highlights for Former Arkansas Pine-Bluff OT
Sometimes, a rather strange set of circumstances can have a significant impact on a college football player's career.
Such was the case with Arkansas Pine-Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead, who turned down several Division 1 scholarship offers to play at a smaller school so that he could also compete in track and field.
Armstead may have toiled in relative obscurity in college, but the 6'5", 306-pounder isn't anonymous any longer after strong showings at the East-West Shrine Game and Senior Bowl in addition to a phenomenal showing at February's NFL Scouting Combine.
Here's a look at some of what the big man from the small school brings to the table for NFL teams.
Manhandling Lesser Opposition vs. Jackson State, 2012
It can be somewhat difficult to glean too much from watching game tape of Armstead, if only because of the level of opposition he faced.
Even facing the best of the SWAC, that remains the case.
Although Armstead appears absolutely dominant above in just shoving the Jackson State defensive tackle to the ground in the 2012 SWAC Championship Game, the question remains, could he do the same thing against Florida's Sharrif Floyd?
Gets Downfield Quickly vs. Alabama State, 2012
Since it's rather difficult to judge Armstead's performance on the field in games last year due to who he faced, it's more important to look at how rather than who he blocked.
In this September, 2012 game against Alabama State, Armstead displays impressive athleticism on a shotgun running play.
He doesn't engage at the line of scrimmage but instead gets upfield quickly, blowing up a linebacker in the second level and paving the way for a nice gain.
Making His Name Known at 2013 East-West Shrine Game
For players such as Armstead who hail from smaller schools, the so-called "all-star" games can be tremendously important.
Not only do these games allow small-school stars to put their names out there, they also afford scouts already familiar with these players the chance to see them compete against a higher level of opposition.
Armstead took full advantage of this opportunity in the 2013 East-West Shrine Game, with plays such as the one highlighted here.
Armstead maintains his block with the defensive end, riding him past Kansas State's Collin Klein on the high side, which in turn allowed Klein to step into the pocket and deliver the football.
Keeping the Momentum Going at 2013 Senior Bowl
Armstead's Shrine Game performance impressed scouts and coaches enough that when Tennessee offensive lineman Dallas Thomas was unable to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl due to an injury, Armstead was invited to the game.
Given the last-minute invitation to a game that Armstead didn't expect to play in, it wouldn't have been a huge surprise if he struggled—especially given the caliber of talent in Mobile.
However, Armstead fared well in practices, including in this drill, where he introduces Georgia defensive end Cornelius Washington to the ground.
Tearing It Up at 2013 NFL Scouting Combine
Apparently, Armstead decided to save his best for last.
At February's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Armstead put on a show in the 40-yard dash that left scouts' jaws on the floor.
Armstead's unofficial time of 4.65 seconds was the fastest ever recorded by a lineman at the combine, and while the "official" time was bumped to 4.71 seconds, Armstead still opened plenty of eyes.
That wasn't the only drill that Armstead shined in, demonstrating that while he may be something of a raw prospect, he's also an incredibly athletic one.