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Dorance Armstrong, Jr.
142 tackles, 34.5 TFL, 15.5 sacks, 6 FF
Today we look at a prospect I knew very little about before doing this write-up. Dorance Armstrong was a three-star recruit from North Shore HS (Galenda Park, TX). He started five games as a freshman before becoming entrenched as a sophomore. During the 2016 term, Armstrong was named 1st team All-Big 12 after notching 10 sacks and 20 TFL. His sack production took a nosedive this past season with only two.
2016: Texas Tech, Oklahoma
2017: Ohio, West Virginia, Texas Tech
Armstrong needs a major overhaul on his technique. He should be able to make more plays with his long arms, but he has no idea what he is doing most of the time. Some of the problems are his poor hand usage. Armstrong struggles to get off blocks. Unless he can run right by a tackle, he is toast. Armstrong has poor field awareness. He should often be in a position to make a play against the run, but he just doesn’t have a clue.
Armstrong has a really good length for the position. He has nice speed when rushing off of the edge. Armstrong also has tremendous closing speed. He hustles on every play.
Dorance Armstrong is not a hand on the ground defensive end. He just does not have the tools to hold up there. Outside of the two Texas Tech games, I really didn’t see much at all to get excited about. Armstrong, without a doubt, should have returned to school. He will have to play standing up in the NFL and his length should help him translate. I would not make the call to draft Armstrong before the fifth round.