RB Ryquell Armstead, Temple

5’11” – 220 lbs. – 4.45
Ran the ball 51 times as a freshman, then stepped into a major offensive role the following year with 156-919-14 on the ground. Saw his production dip to 156-604-5 as a junior, then rebounded and went 210-1,098-13 as a senior to conclude his career, appearing in ten games but missing all but one game in October and everything after November. Very well-built for a pro running back. Had a pretty simple role in college; took a lot of his carries on dives out of the shotgun, where he demonstrates impressive burst and vision, with a decisive running style that allows him to pick up a handful of yards a pop. Has the type of speed to hit home-runs when he’s able to find a lane. Not quite as powerful as you’d expect given his size but does a good job of finishing his runs by falling forward for additional yardage and flashes the ability to run through arm tackles, especially when he’s in the open field. Good competitiveness, keeping his legs going after contact although he doesn’t quite have the lower body strength to push the pile on a consistent basis. Not the most elusive back; straightforward type who makes the occasional cut in the backfield but typically gets upfield as quickly as possible and minimizes negative-yardage plays. Can also find ways to bounce runs outside when presented with a logjam between the tackles, picking up a few yards at a time. Pretty good ball security, with six fumbles on just over six hundred career touches. Wasn’t targeted much in the passing game, although his usage was pretty interesting; would often take snaps out of the slot and run patterns downfield, although he caught just twenty-nine passes over the course of his collegiate career, including eight as a senior. Still has a ways to go as a blocker as well. Was called on to lead the way as a run-blocker at times and although he demonstrates good competitiveness and toughness, tends to be more of a torpedo than someone who engages opponents with technique. Also wasn’t retained in pass protection too frequently, although he has the type of frame to potentially be able to work in blitz pickup. Dealt with injuries last year but offers the type of size, vision, burst, and speed to provide value carrying the ball at the pro level. Looks like he’d be worth mid-round consideration as a pure runner in a running back rotation which also includes a passing-down back.

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