Dorance Armstrong NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Dallas Cowboys' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2) gets set for a play during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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—Long-armed (34 ¾") edge-rusher with impressive burst and agility on a frame (6'4", 257 lbs) that can be built up.

—Raw athlete with the tools to be developed into a special edge-rusher. Smooth, twitchy mover.

—Excellent burst out of his stance; can beat blockers with his length or his first step.

—Uses his hands well to create space or redirect blockers; has a great stiff arm.

—Shows a variety of pass-rush moves and doesn't have to win with just speed. Likes to work inside or spin off blockers.



—Light for a 4-3 defensive end and may have to play in space.

—Needs to continue adding size and strength.

—Only recorded 1.5 sacks in 2017.

—Combine and pro-day athletic testing did not match what we saw on him. His 40 time (4.87) was disappointing.

—Lacks the power to set the edge in the run game.



Dorance Armstrong is a tough projection because his tape didn't match his workouts, and his production dropped in 2017. He requires a bit of imagination to see what he could develop into, but that adds risk to his profile.


GRADE: 6.10 (Round 3)

PRO PLAYER COMPARISON: Aaron Lynch, Chicago Bears


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