Terron Armstead: Killing Two Birds, w/ One Stone?


What is 6 foot 5 inches, has 34″ arm length, weighs 306 pounds, and has 9 1/4″ hands?

By now you have already read the title of this article, so SURPRISE!!! It’s Arkansas-Pine Bluff “SWAC” Left Tackle, Terron Armstead!

For those of you who think the Chargers are moving toward the zone blocking scheme, Armstead was an eight time record setting track & field champion, who is incredibly light on his feet! He decided to go to a school that would let him play both football, and track & field. Let’s just say, he is an athlete. He isn’t a top 3 left tackle, but he is a solid 4th. He would be an excellent choice for the San Diego Chargers with their 2nd round pick!

He may be a little undersized, but he could bulk up, and pay big dividends moving forward. He has been effective pulling coast to coast, and has great football intelligence. He can hide offensive screens, draws, and fakes. and isn’t easily fooled by trickery. He has proven himself to be a good pass protector, yet is efficient enough in the run game to break Ryan Mathews to the second level. Judging by the amount of people who have fallen in love with Lane Johnson’s athleticism… picking Armstead could be the next best option… killing two birds, with one stone.

Recent conversations have pointed in different, yet mutual directions. We need a two-headed monster to support our main starters. Philip needs blindside help, and Mathews needs better blocking. Despite playing against weaker competition, Armstead appears to be a blend of both. Even if he isn’t the starting left tackle coming out of preseason, he will definitely compete for a starting role. He can make the competition that much better. This would be a good thing for players like Dunlap, Clary, Harris, and Haslam. I wouldn’t be surprised if he landed the starting job, or at least took over at some point during the season. If the new strength & conditioning staff can put a few extra pounds on him, he could be a good starter for years to come. Possibly even by September / October.

So, Charger fans. Is Armstead the guy to fill this spot? Can the Chargers pick him up in the second round, or will he be gone by the time we pick? Could a trade down for extra picks lock him up earlier than the 45th pick? Or, do you think there are better options? Please post your opinions & analysis below, and remember… the draft is only 12 “nail-biting” days away! We will have our answers soon enough!

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  • Sergio Quintero

    I think the chargers will take a guard with pick 11, and of the second tier guys Armstead is my favorite. I would sign McKinnie to play LT, and have Armstead compete with Clary for RT, and have him start at LT in 2014.

  • 619chargers4life

    ive been saying this whole time if we trade down he will be a really good option for us. i personally feel he will be rocking the blue and gold in 12 days. dont know how its going to happen but im rooting for him. if all the LT’s are gone by the 11th pick that is

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Completely agree.

  • Cgoodness13

    If he’s available in the 2nd and Tyrann Mathieu is off the board why not

    • Sergio Quintero

      Telesco gave a long winded speech that they will have a long list of players eliminated from the board because of character concerns. I would be shocked if Mathieu is a charger.

      • nate

        I’m mad at telesco if he’s available for our 3rd pick and we don’t take him

      • Cgoodness13

        Don’t doubt this, but when and where? And Mathieu just smoked weed from what I’ve heard, not really a attitude problem.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Telesco, when he was hired he spoke on how he sets a draft board, character is a major thing with the guy.

        • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

          Except that he has said that he put his love of weed above his love of football. I’m not saying he’s lying about being clean, and I’m not saying that he would backslide…but I’ve spent a lot of time around people who “love weed” and most of them don’t stay clean if they think they can get away with it.

          I don’t want a corner out there stoned trying to cover a #1 or #2 NFL receiver.

          • Cgoodness13

            Pot heads usually are “complacent” lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=821380130 Jason Lehr

            I am pretty sure Atari Bigby was baked when he was suited up!

          • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

            @facebook-821380130:disqus Haha, I wouldn’t doubt it. That would explain the missed tackles.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Ricky Williams jokes… anybody?

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            Lol what is this the 40′s? I smoke weed everyday, married to.a hot woman, own a business and like to get mellow in the evenings lol “don’t stay clean”, pots not addicting dude

          • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

            You also aren’t a professional football player. If you were, then you’d either give up smoking, cheat to pass drug tests, or get popped and eventually dropped, possibly giving up millions.

            Yes, I know pot isn’t physically addictive but, knowing some of the people I know, you’ll never convince me that you can’t become mentally addicted to weed.

            I’m not against weed…I just know way too many people who do nothing but smoke and sit on their ass. If you can smoke and still get out and live a productive life, more power to you.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Stoner… lol.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        I agree. Also… Don’t we already have a decent nickel corner? Gilchrist is still on the team, right? Why would we sign Mathieu?

    • boltingindiego

      mathieu isn’t worth a 2nd round selection not even a 3rd. Hes a 4th rounder but someone will over draft him in the 3rd.

      • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

        *cough* Pats *cough*

  • natelew

    That’s what I don’t understand about all the 2nd round talk. Johnson’s stock has him potentially rising his stock before our pick and Armstead was the only linemen to beat his 40 time. If you really think Armstead is the next best tackle after Johnson, how on earth could Johnson go before our first and the next best tackle be on the board 34 picks later? If we can get him in a trade back situation that’d be awesome.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I’m guessing that Menelik Watson & D.J. Fluker will go ahead of Armstead, the level of competition will move Armstead to the 2nd round.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=821380130 Jason Lehr

        Both Watson and Fluker are Right Tackle’s. So they may not. Depends on the hype building up but If Cooper or Warmack are there at 11, you have to decide whether you think Armstead will in fact still be there at #45. Some options would include the idea of drafting the OG with #11 and if Armstead is gone at #45, then Dallas Thomas (TENN), Kyle Long (ORE) or Justin Pugh (SYR) all have played LT with Thomas excelling playing LT at Tennessee. So they have options. I would be okay with Cooper/Warmack at #11, and more than happy with Armstead (raw), Thomas, Long or Pugh. Should be interesting.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Watson played RT, but has the skills to play LT, when the say RT only, its lumbering feet and power player. Watson was RT because he was a raw player, not because he lacked the skill set to play LT.

    • boltingindiego

      reason why is that hes a project player who played at a small school and like sergio said fluke and watson will most likely go ahead of him.

  • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

    I like Armstead, but he is someone we have to wait to develop. If we want to wait a year to see the results, then we go after it. He could be the starter, but he definitely is not a sure thing. There should be some players we can start in the 2nd round

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      I agree. However, I don’t think there is any LT left that we can just plug in there to start… unless we sign McKinnie, or someone like that. Everyone is a “project”. Why not Armstead? One thing is for sure…. We don’t want to get stuck with our dicks in our hands. At least he seems to fit the zone blocking scheme we’ll probably be running, and we have Joe D to coach him up. What if we had two 2nd round picks… would you draft him then, and still get a starter with the other pick?

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        maybe.. I can see it happening, but I probably wouldn’t select him personally. Take another corner? A guard like Warford. A middle backer like Minter. A safety like Swearinger. A lot of starters there in the 2nd round and it would be tough to pass on them for me.

        I wouldn’t be mad drafting him. Just know I might have to wait to see him in action

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          That’s fair… I sort of agree (you know I really want to go D anyway).. So wait… you wouldn’t draft a LT at all, if the top 3 didn’t fall to us?

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            Definitely later.. To develop him under a vet. But it really would depend on how those talks with McKinnie went

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            I would be fine if they signed McKinnie.. I just hate getting my hopes up these days, with our cap situation being what it is =/

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            We do have a solid $6m plus to use. Might be able to get something with that. Might

    • jamfed

      I like Armstead too, but he’s gonna take some time to develop. The problem with San Diego missing out on Joeckel, Fisher or Lane Johnson and drafting a GUARD (Warmack or Cooper) is that SD will be in a pinch and MUST draft at tackle in the 2nd round. Kyle Long or Justin Pugh could possibly start immediately at left tackle, but then the Chargers would have two starting left tackle and left guard ROOKIES (and that’s scary for Rivers).

  • Sdchargersfan

    If none of the 3 Lts or Lotulelei drop to the 11th pick than it would be best for the chargers to trade back in the first round and get an additional 2nd rounder because we have many needs to address via the draft (LT, ILB, CB, DT, OG, and SS)

    • boltingindiego

      so many needs we have and it sucks that we only have 7 draft picks

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Agreed.

  • Rafael Solorzano

    I like our chances with this kid, I hope we trade down.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      So do I. He ain’t as pretty as the top 3, but I think he will do just fine.

  • jamfed

    Armstead is a very raw player. He could NOT start at any offensive line position for AT LEAST one year. He’s a third round “project” draft pick. NOTE: if you run a fast 40 yard dash, you’re NOT elite. Kyle Long is a better prospect than Armstead, and he has motivation issues too.
    Mathieu will be drafted in the the 5th or 6th round. The Honey Badger is a very undersized college gimmick from two years ago. He showed decent combine numbers, but with the world in his hands (at LSU) he pissed it away, for a non-addictive stimulant that failed 10+++ drug tests. IMO: Mathieu is looking for a payday (like Gaither) so he could move to Jamaica and live like kings for the rest of his life.
    Armstead: 3rd round
    Mathieu: PASS!