By: Steve Johnson
Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple
5’11 1/4″ 220lbs
30 5/8″ arms. 9 1/8″ hands
4.45 40 30″ Vert. 114″ Broad Jump. 22 Bench Reps.
7.02 3 Cone Drill 4.29 20 yard Shuttle
2015: 13 games. 51 att, 191 yards, 2 TDs
2016: 13 games. 156 att, 919 yards, 14 TDs
2017: 13 games. 156 att, 604 yards, 5 TDs
2018: 10 games. 210 att, 1098 yards, 13 TDs
Misc. Stats: 29 rec, 175 yards in career; recorded a sack in 2018; 2 KR for 38 yards
Accolades: 2018 First-team All-AAC
Injuries: Dealt with nagging injuries throughout career. Suffered an ankle injury in 2018 and missed his teams bowl game.
History: Three-star recruit from Millville, NJ. Ran for over 2,500 yards in his career at Millville High. Also competed in track, and led his team to a 2013-14 County Title.
Strengths: Good size, well built kid. Runs hard, has no fear of contact. Very competitive. Good pad level when he feels contact coming. Play strength is good. Can run guys over and keep his legs churning (see 1Q TD run vs Boston College 2018). Fights for extra yards, doesn’t go down easy. Has good top speed and excellerates quickly. Has some experience lining up outside. Although not used a ton in the passing game, he has some good receiving ability.
Weaknesses: Good be more patient, his best asset of going 100%, could also be a weakness at the next level. Lateral ability isn’t anything special. Straight line speed is good, but you don’t see him make many jump cuts or the ability to bounce outside. Balance seems like its lacking, typically indicative of a weak lower body. Also only measured a Broad Jump of 114″ and a Vertical Jump of 30″, also typical of a weak lower half. Has had fumble concerns. Pass pro needs some work.
Overview: Armstead is a tough runner with good NFL size and speed, that would be best suited in a zone running scheme. He has good upside and could eventually be a starter, but his game needs work. His pass pro skills are limited and he wasn’t used a lot in the passing game. Right now he’s can be part of a running back by committee.
Draft Projection: Early Day Three
Phanaddict Draft Grade: 5.45
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