New Orleans Saints rookie offensive tackle Terron Armstead has been having a great offseason so far for the team. Armstead was selected by the Saints in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft as a small school prospect out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, was brought in to bring depth to the offensive line.
However, he has shown much progression this offseason that it is rumored that he is the favorite for the starting left tackle spot.
Since losing Jermon Bushrod to the Chicago Bears, the Saints have been looking to fill the void at left tackle. Offensive tackles Charles Brown and Jason Smith have been in the mix to win the starting left tackle job, but it appears that Armstead has emerged as the favorite.
Although Armstead has yet to play a single game in the NFL, he provides the most upside at left tackle than any other offensive tackle on the Saints’ roster. Furthermore, he has bulked up to 315 pounds since the combine as opposed to the 306 pounds he weighed before. He was clocked in at 4.71 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine and is one of the fastest prospects from the 2013 NFL draft.
Armstead is probably the most athletic offensive tackle the Saints have and even though he might be a little raw, he could prosper into the starting left tackle of the future. If he does win the starting left tackle spot, hopefully he could prove to be more durable than Brown and Smith, who have struggled with injuries throughout their entire careers.