Prediction: Amstead will be available when the Saints select at #13 but needs too much development to be NFL ready day one.
Draft Profile of Arik Armstead
Defensive Tackle/Defensive End
STRENGTHS: Armstead is seen as a defensive end by some analysts. Big thick body but moves like a basketball player. (He played basketball for Oregon). Big man with long limbs. Has a sudden game and good bend. Good body balance.
“I see the power in his hands and all of his tools, but I don’t see the production or the consistent push that I feel like I should see from him. He could end up being a monster, but you have to understand that what you get right now is just a big athlete with some upside.” — Pac-12 area scout
WEAKNESSES: Inconsistent pad level. Can get to high for leverage and be beat. Will rely more on power than technique. Needed more time in college to hone skills. Can disappear in games.
NFL COMPARISON: Calais Campbell
The following is a composite of several draft reports on this prospect. Our sources were CBSSports, NFL, Mike Detillier, Mike Loyko and OurLads.