Patriots Sign Armond Armstead

Patriots sign Armond Armstead

CFL to the NFL – can it work for the Patriots?

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The Patriots have made an interesting signing today, inking former USC Trojan and Toronto Argonaut defensive lineman Armond Armstead to a future contract according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston and Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

Can Armstead make the team in 2013?

At 6’5″ and nearly 300 pounds, Armstead certainly has the size to make an impact in the Patriots defense. He is a gifted athlete that could play the 5-technique (3-4 defensive end) position, with the strength to be able to move inside when the Patriots employ an even front.

Armstead was much better outside as a defensive end for the USC Trojans, but I haven’t reviewed any tape of his time in the CFL, where he led his team with six sacks and won the Grey Cup.

Armstead likely would have been a top 100 pick without any health concerns, so this is quite a value for a Patriots team that is short on draft picks in 2013.

Don’t expect a Cameron Wake type performance from Armstead, he isn’t a 10+ sack guy. I can see him as a rotational lineman right away with an upside to a starting position within a year or two of playing in the NFL – contributing 5-8 sacks and drawing some double teams. He might get some Richard Seymour comparisons due to his size, but he wasn’t as good technically as the Patriot’s former 1st rounder.

The obvious reason that Armstead wasn’t drafted and had to take the CFL route was the heart attack that he suffered as part of the USC Trojans team in early 2011. He later sued the Trojans based on the use of Toradol injections.

He wasn’t cleared to play in 2012 and went undrafted, leading to his signing by the Argonauts. The heart issue isn’t Armstead’s only brush with the injured list. According to Howe, Armstead also broke a hand and an ankle, as well as spraining a shoulder during his time at USC.

Here is some footage of Armstead’s pro day workout:

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7 Responses to “Patriots Sign Armond Armstead”

  1. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Anyone wanting to see tape on Amstead go to “2012 CFL all-star highlight video”

  2. russell easterbrooks says:

    I great signing, why not? Still think the Pats pick DE/LB John Simon some where in this draft 3d ?? Signing QB Kafa sounds like Ryan Mallett mybe headed to Cleveland.

  3. acm says:

    I think the one player. whose chances of making the roster next year have dipped with the Armstead signing, would be Cunningham.
    Would say the Pats still need a DT from the draft, especially if a good value falls to them, to possibly replace Love.
    Datone Jones/John Simon are two other players I can see the Pats go for if Scott isn’t resigned. In that regard, would keep an eye out for Freeney as a FA too.

    Would all depend on what they can find in free agency. With so few picks available this year, I fully expect they trade down the 1st rounder.

  4. bigw says:

    This guy was a very steady DE for the trogans and he has a chance to be a good player but we still need one monster pass rusher to help out the back end.I hope we draft TJ Mcdonald out of sc too so we get some height and physicality into this teams back end.

  5. Stephen S says:

    Yes I like it. Just wondering how this possibly affects the draft will it affect the DE or DT position more will the Pats still be interested in the likes of Kawaan Short, Datone Jones, Sharrif Floyd, John Simon or does this signing rule them out

    • NEPD says:

      I don’t think they’ll put all their eggs in this basket. Jones / Floyd / Short all remain likely targets.

      • STEVEN says:

        love the .signing. has size quickness. fluidity, strenght. with som teaching n offseason weight program, could blossom. there is something there. now to find a couple wr (robinson, hunter, williams), corner with size, if no talib n pray for some HEALTHY returns, we might have something

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