Armstead emerging as top OT prospect

Armstead emerging as top OT prospect
February 23, 2013, 10:00 am
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Indianapolis – If the Redskins choose to pursue an offensive tackle in April’s draft, one of the more intriguing options is Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Terron Armstead.

Armstead started at left tackle for the Golden Lions, but has the versatility to play either side. At 6 foot 5, 306-pounds, he also possesses the athleticism to thrive in zone-blocking schemes such as the Redskins’.

“I’ve been blessed with a unique skill-set,” Armstead said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. “I’m extremely light on my feet for a big guy. It’s a blessing. It was nothing that was coached.”

Armstead boasts a couple of Redskins’ connections. His coach at Pine Bluff was Monte Coleman, who played linebacker for the Redskins from 1979 - 1994. His agent, meantime, is Dave Butz, son of the long time Redskins’ defensive lineman.

Although Washington’s primary needs are in the defensive secondary, it’s also possible they’ll draft a tackle who can play on the right side. Veteran Jammal Brown’s tenure with the Redskins appear to be over, while Tyler Polumbus is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Enter Armstead and a host of other prospects expected to be drafted after the first round.

On Saturday, Armstead will finally get to show the league’s talent evaluators why he should be an early round pick when the offensive lineman hit the field for the 40-yard dash, 3-cone and position drills.

“You’ve got to perform,” he said. “It’s the combine; it’s not a team thing. You’re out here for yourself.”