Armstrong has great speed for his size, generally running around a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 4.44 from that distance.
The junior is solid against the run when Miami stacks the line of scrimmage and is decent in pass coverage, although he will want to improve in that area as he heads to the next level.
Armstrong comes with a minor red flag, in that he had been suspended from the team earlier this year due to a questionable relationship with the owner of a PR firm (possible violation of NCAA rules). The Sanford, FL native has since been reinstated, but he has played in just six games with one start in 2011 so his stats are irrelevant.
As a freshman in 2009, though, he played in 10 games and last season he had 79 tackles and three interceptions."
NFL teams are already getting in touch with Armstrong's high school coaches to get more background on the junior.
Armstrong started only four games of the 2010 season, but saw significant playing time throughout the year. He finished 2010 with 76 tackles and three interceptions (taking one back for a touchdown).
Games Viewed: (All 2010) Ohio State, Florida State, Georgia Tech
Bold Statement: Armstrong will develop into the best safety eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft.
• Has exceptional size for the position. Like most big, long safeties he's a little stiff. But it's not like he's Taylor Mays or Robert Sands. He's somewhat more fluid.
• Moving in a straight line, Armstrong has good speed for a player his size. Still, he can be beaten when picking up fast receivers coming through his zone.
• Has bouts of inconsistency from game to game. Clearly needs to start on a regular basis to meet his potential.
• Needs to improve on his instincts. Tens to be a step late reacting to where a play is going to develop.
• Gets off his blocks much better than most college defensive backs.
• Good in man coverage situations on tight ends where he doesn't have to play deep.
• Shows decent but inconsistent hands to make a play on the ball.
• Is known as a mature individual with no known character issues. Takes part in an annual community give back day dedicated to him."
Better in zone coverage where he reads the play well, breaks crisply on the ball and will punish receivers crossing into his area; can also run with most receivers, but is somewhat stiff and does not transition out of his back-peddle all that smoothly;
Former star high school option QB has solid hands; can be over-aggressive at times, though, going for the high-light reel hit; will also bite on misdirection plays; missed 3 games in 2009 with a knee injury;
Immediate football future though is clouded as Armstrong is one of a dozen or so Hurricanes facing a lengthy suspension after being implicated as having received improper benefits from incarcerated booster Neil Shapiro."