Tackles Terron Armstead, Lane Johnson turn heads in 40-yard dash at NFL combine

February 23, 2013

After going through interviews and medical and psychological examinations on the first two days of the combine, the offensive linemen began their on-field evaluations on Saturday morning.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Terron Armstead could improve his stock after his impressive 40-yard dash time.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Terron Armstead could improve his stock after his impressive 40-yard dash time.

As the 40-yard dash got underway, it didn’t take time for someone to impress. Arkansas-Pine Bluff tackle Terron Armstead, who is 6 feet 5 and 306 pounds, ran a time of 4.71 seconds – a new combine record.

Shortly after, Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson ran a time of 4.72 seconds. Those times go down as the two fastest 40-yard-dash times by offensive linemen at the combine. Oregon offensive tackle Kyle Long, the son of former NFL great Howie Long, had the third-fastest time, 4.94 seconds.

Armstead’s unofficial time was announced at 4.65. According to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, that’s the equivalent of a skill player position such as a running back or wide receiver running a 4.1-second 40-yard dash.

Originally projected as a third-round pick, Armstead likely upped his stock with that time, as well as his performance of 31 reps in the bench press.

A three-time All-Southwestern Athletic Confernece selection, Armstead was coached at Arkansas-Pine Bluff by former Redskins linebacker Monte Coleman.

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