Dorance Armstrong Draft Profile

Dorance Armstrong draft profile

Strengths:

  • Angular with long arms and well-defined build
  • Plays with loose hips and plus agility
  • Has rush experience standing and with hand in the ground
  • Good inside spin counter
  • Effort level is consistent
  • Active hands at point of attack
  • Sees past blockers
  • Shows ability to sink and battle back against wash-down blocks

Analysis: Dorance Armstrong suited up for all 12 games as a freshman in 2015, starting the final five (23 tackles, five for loss, four pass breakups); Armstrong had two of his 3.5 sacks against Oklahoma in his first start. He broke out as a sophomore, garnering first-team All-Big 12 honors by racking up 10 sacks (56 tackles, 20 for loss, three forced fumbles) using his hustle, long arms, speed, and ability to bend around the edge. Armstrong’s behind-the-line production dropped in 2017 (nine tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks), but he still earned second-team all-conference honors by playing a well-rounded game (63 tackles, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles). He has the prototypical edge rushers frame with an angular build and long arms. He is agile for his size and has the speed to beat tackles to the outside despite his weak 40-time (4.87). He has a high motor that never shuts off. Hands are dangerous especially if he learns how to use them more. He can read the play behind his matched up defender, never losing sight of the ball. Versatile defender that can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up.

Weaknesses:

  • Played as a 4-3 end, but may not have the frame for it moving forward
  • Contact balance is slightly below average
  • Will have to become comfortable standing and handling added duties as outside backer
  • Will opt for athleticism over technique at times
  • Too often a one-note rusher
  • Can do better job of setting up blockers before countering
  • Needs more effective use of hands in his rush and a go-to move

Analysis: Dorance Armstrong is an intriguing prospect with the build and fluid athleticism of a shooting guard. Armstrong’s drop in production can be attributed to a change in scheme that asked him to play run first and pass second. His game revolves around athletic ability over technique, but his poor forty times at both the Combine and his pro day could cause concerns. Armstrong has the tools and upside to become an eventual starter at outside linebacker in a 3-4. He could be tasked with more duties in the NFL, especially if his scheme puts him as a OLB. He will need to show coverage ability and more run defense in his game. Once he gets with his position coach he will need to learn a plan of attack rushing passer, including a wider variety of pass rush moves. Uses his athletic ability over technique–that won’t work in the pros.

What the scouts say: “Don’t read too much into that sack total this year. They didn’t really cut him loose this year. I still like the talent and he will help himself at the Combine.” — NFC Director of Scouting

Size: 6’4 257lbs

Draft Grade: 3rd Round

NFL Comparison: Noah Spence

Draft Projection: Round 4-5

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