Dorance Armstrong

Kansas
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Prospect Info

College
Kansas
Hometown
Class
Houston, TX
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
257 lbs
34 3/4”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.55
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Dallas
Cowboys
Round 4 ‧ Pick 16
40 Yard Dash
4.87
Seconds
 
Bench Press
20
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
30.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
118.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.12
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.23
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
11.82
Seconds
 
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Armstrong figured he would have a chance to play right away at Kansas, unlike some of the other schools that showed interest in the three-star prospect from Houston. He was right, as he suited up for all 12 games in 2015, starting the final five (23 tackles, five for loss, four pass breakups); Armstrong had two of his 3.5 sacks against Oklahoma in his first start. He broke out as a sophomore, garnering first-team All-Big 12 honors by racking up 10 sacks (56 tackles, 20 for loss, three forced fumbles) using his hustle, long arms, speed, and ability to bend around the edge. Armstrong’s behind-the-line production dropped in 2017 (nine tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks), but he still earned second-team all-conference honors by playing a well-rounded game (63 tackles, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Kamerion Wimbley
Overview
Armstrong is an intriguing prospect with the build and fluid athleticism of a shooting guard. Armstrong's drop in production can be attributed to a change in scheme that asked him to play run first and pass second. His game revolves around athletic ability over technique, but his poor forty times at both the Combine and his pro day could cause concerns. Armstrong has the tools and upside to become an eventual starter at outside linebacker in a 3-4.
Strengths
  • Angular with long arms and well-defined build
  • Plays with loose hips and plus agility
  • Can be both smooth and explosive in his movements
  • Features considerable acceleration from standstill and change of direction and pursues all over the field
  • Has rush experience standing and with hand in the ground
  • Able to hit accelerator once he gets to the embankment as rusher
  • Good inside spin counter
  • Bends and flattens to quarterback
  • Effort level is consistent
  • Active hands at point of attack
  • Jarring initial punch with upper body twitch to discard blockers quickly
  • Sees past blockers
  • Has sudden responsiveness in his chase
  • Shows ability to sink and battle back against wash-down blocks
Weaknesses
  • Played as a 4-3 end, but may not have the frame for it moving forward
  • Will have to become comfortable standing and handling added duties as outside backer
  • Contact balance is slightly below average
  • Doesn't have base and play strength to withstand squared blocks at point of attack
  • Will opt for athleticism over technique at times
  • Saw significant drop in production with sacks going from 10 to two and tackles for losses falling from 20 to 10
  • Too often a one-note rusher
  • Can do better job of setting up blockers before countering
  • Needs more effective use of hands in his rush and a go-to move
Sources Tell Us

"Don't read too much into that sack total this year. They didn't really cut him loose this year. I still like the talent and he will help himself at the Combine." -- NFC Director of Scouting

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league