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Armstead, a three-star recruit from Millville, N.J., didn't become the full-time starter at Temple until his senior year, but he nearly reached 1,000 yards in a complementary role in 2016, collecting 919 yards and 14 touchdowns on 156 carries (5.9 average). His efficiency plummeted while battling injury in 2017 (156 carries for 604 yards, 3.9 average), but he bounced back with 210 carries for 1,098 yards and 13 TDs in 2018.
Armstead had the best combination of size (220 pounds) and speed (4.45-second 40-yard dash, T-1st among RBs) of any back at the NFL Scouting Combine, and he puts those tools to good use. A relentless ball of energy, he flies downhill and fights for every inch, racking up broken tackles and often creating yardage where there's little to be found. The energy also translates to pass protection, an area in which he excels.
The sword cuts both ways, as Armstead often looks out of control. He lacks patience and rhythm, burrowing into bodies instead of letting lanes develop, and he often fails to scan and see holes that develop. Despite his testing numbers, he doesn't show great speed or burst on tape, rarely breaking big runs or stressing defenses on the perimeter. You can't help but appreciate his effort, but it must be channeled better.
Projection: Fifth Round
--Field Level Media
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