Armstead’s 4.45 makes him intriguing for Eagles

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Forget the over 1,000 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns last year.

Temple running back Ryquell Armstead made a lot of money at the NFL combine with a 4.45 40-yard dash, the second-fastest among the running backs invited.

Armstead came into the combine listed as a “potential seventh-rounder or undrafted free agent” but moved up at least a couple of rounds with that eye-opening time.

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Maybe even with the Philadelphia Eagles, who need a running back. The Eagles have been reluctant about drafting Temple players in the past and leaked a story to the Philly media about their interest in Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary. The FAU back bombed in this speed time at the combine, clocking a 4.73. They have also shown interest in Memphis’ Darrell Henderson even though a number of AAC coaches (including former Houston coach Major Applewhite) called Armstead “by far the toughest running back in our league.”

Armstead has always put up the numbers on the field, the only question was about his durability and how he would fare in the combine. The fact that he fared much better in the combine than a couple of other Eagle targets has to at least put him in the conversation because of the Eagles’ emphasis on combine numbers in the past.

For a team that sorely missed Jay Ajay last year, Rock would be a significant upgrade in that area and probably can be grabbed in the fourth or fifth round, enabling the Eagles to address other needs in the first few rounds.

Let’s hope Howie Roseman and company in thinking about that because whatever team adds Armstead is getting a potential starter who has the speed to be an explosive cog in the running game.

 

8 thoughts on “Armstead’s 4.45 makes him intriguing for Eagles

  1. I soured on Armstead when he developed that mysterious, never identified “injury” that kept him out of the Independence Bowl. That selfishness hurt the team and no doubt was a factor in the blowout loss. I know that some other college players also came up with phantom injuries and missed bowl games to protect themselves for NFL Draft but Temple athletes are usually too team-oriented to do that. Delvon Randall, after all, played banged-up for the team and was Defensive MVP. That’s the definition of Temple TUFF. Doesn’t matter if a player runs a 4.45 if he doesn’t have the ‘heart of a lion’ and will take days off, literally and figuratively.

  2. Mike

    Can you explain to me why four years of evidence gets pushed aside by these results from the scouting combine? I have no opinion on Armstead, but if he was a “likely 7th rd pick or free-agent” based off of his career at Temple, how in the world does one great 40-yard dash make him such a desirable NFL prospect?

    I mean, this seems to happen every year. Mike Mamula?? Is the NFL that dramatically different from College football that the scouts know something they won’t share with the rest of the world?

    • The NFL puts one skill above all others, QB’s excluded and its speed. If you are not exceptionally fast, you will never make it. That’s why tackling is not as good as it should be in the NFL.They don’t care that you can’t tackle and only care about whether or not you can put yourself in a position to make a tackle or knock down a pass. For example if you run a 4.5 forty, you’re traveling 26.66 feet a second. Running a 4.43 you are running almost 27.1 feet a second. May not seem like much but it’s the difference between getting caught or not or intercepting a pass or not or knocking down a pass or not. In the HFL, the phrase speed kills is its mantra. By the way, Usain Bolt ran over 34 feet a second when he ran the 9.59 hundred. Armstead’s problem, like Pierce’s was, is that he gets hurt too much. He appeared to get slower as his career progressed at Temple and that was due to injury. Because no one can guess whether someone will be able to step up in class and succeed, all teams have are physical traits to go on. That’s why four and sometimes five star recruits don’t pan out and that’s why more speed will get you more money.

      • John

        Thanks for the analysis, I’m sure your right. But part of me feels like that’s reason #1 why the NFL sucks now compared to when I was younger.

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  3. Look at our own Jahad Thomas. He was roughly equal in terms of playing ability as Ryquell but he had a horrible 40 time for the NFL and has struggled to make it since, even cut by Memphis in the new Alliance League . Ryquell has NFL speed. Jahad does not. In the NFL, everyone has the speed to track you down so your speed has got to be elite.

  4. when is Temple Pro Day?

  5. Would be nice to see #25 R Armstead I the NFL, especially since I reside in Millville NJ also, civic pride going on there.
    But will he be drafted by the 6th ?
    Injuries, Injured, put with issues, was much of his past 3 years history.
    Eagles have about 0 interest in giving Temple a boost.
    He’ll go to a team like NYJ or Arizona, my opinion.
    We all watch with interest on this young man.

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