CFL Star Armond Armstead Reportedly Drawing Interest from NFL

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2013

NFL teams are looking all over for talent these days, including north of the border. Canadian Football League defensive tackle Armond Armstead is reportedly drawing interest from several NFL teams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The 22-year-old defender, who played three seasons in college with the USC Trojans, is a free agent and has visited with a few NFL teams already, including the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts, according to Schefter. He is expected to make a few more stops around the league before deciding on a landing spot.

Armstead played for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts this past season, recording six sacks while leading the team to a Grey Cup win over the Calgary Stampeders. He was a CFL All-Star last season and was recently released by Toronto, "reportedly so he could pursue a spot in the NFL," according to Schefter's report.

A 6'5", 300-pound stopper, Armstead is an under-the-radar but coveted free agent nonetheless. His youth and high ceiling make him a wanted man by several NFL teams who are in need of a boost on the defensive line.

He only recorded 59 tackles in 17 starts for the Trojans from 2008 to 2010, but he clearly impressed enough to earn a contract from the Argonauts last year.

He was passed over in the 2012 NFL draft after missing the 2011 college football season with USC for medical reasons.

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