Cowboys’ Potential Draft Picks: LB Arthur Brown and OT Terron Armstead
My two recent scouting reports at NBC are on Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown and Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead. Brown in particular is a player I love.
Brown is a highly-athletic linebacker with great hips and extraordinary change-of-direction. If you compare his tape side-by-side with that of fellow linebackers Manti Te’o and Kevin Minter, there’s really no comparison in regards to speed and quickness. Brown ran a 4.62 at the Combine, but he actually plays even faster than that.
Brown is an instinctive linebacker who is always playing downhill. That can cause him to overrun plays at times, but for the most part he keeps himself in solid position. Despite his small 6-0, 241-pound frame, Brown plays big. He takes on blocks well and uses his short 32.5-inch arms to extend away from blockers. Brown typically uses his quickness to skirt around linemen, but he still plays a lot bigger than he is.
Every year, there are a number of offseason “winners” who catapult their draft stock with outstanding workouts. Armstead might be 2013’s biggest offseason winner. At 6-5, 306 pounds, Armstead ran an official 4.71 40-yard dash at the Combine. He also jumped 34.5 inches and posted 31 reps on the bench press. The 40-yard dash is hardly a make-or-break drill for offensive linemen, but that sort of explosiveness is rare and signals elite athleticism. Armstead is such an amazing athlete that many teams have reportedly considered him as a tight end. Yes, a 306-pound tight end.
I watched every snap for Armstead against Jackson State. As you’d expect, he dominated lesser competition. It’s always difficult to grade small-school players because they can often cover up their weaknesses with superior athleticism or strength. You see that at times with Armstead; he would often let rushers get into his chest and pop him back a little, but since he was so much bigger and stronger, he could absorb the blow even if he was flat-footed.
Check out the whole Armstead article.