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Da Saturday Scout: Dorance Armstrong, Pass Rusher, Kansas

| November 18th, 2017

Player: Dorance Armstrong, Edge/DE, Kansas

Game: Home vs. Oklahoma (#3), 2:30 PM CT


Video Highlights

Quick video because, hell, he plays for Kansas.


What They’re Saying

Luke Easterling at USA Today:

Not much has gone well for the Jayhawks on the gridiron in recent years, but every now and then, they produce a legit NFL prospect destined for the early rounds. Armstrong is this year’s installment, and despite a dip in production so far this year from his impressive 2017 numbers (20 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks), the 6-4, 246-pounder has flashed the kind of versatility and explosiveness NFL scouts will love.

From KU Sports blog:

Bleacher Report’s draft analyst Matt Miller loves what he’s seen on tape of Armstrong. He called KU’s star defensive end, “one of my favorite athletes in the entire class. The dude is long-armed, extremely quick and has the moves to beat tackles off the edge…In his preseason Top 25 Big Board of draft-eligible players, Miller ranks Armstrong 18th overall — the fourth-highest defensive end.

From the sometimes-reliable Walter Football:

10/21/17: In 2017, Armstrong has 35 tackles with 5.5 for a loss, one sack, one forced fumble and a pass batted. Sources have said they continue to be impressed by Armstrong. He is a fast edge defender with very good athleticism. He also sees lots of double teams with plays going away from him.


I Think

First, the Bears need help in the pass rush department. Outside of Leonard Floyd they don’t have a guaranteed starter at the position in 2018. Armstrong’s athletic freak that profiles as either a 4-3 end or 3-4 edge rusher. He will certainly will impress Ryan Pace on tape.

Second, I love him “calling out” his Kansas teammates for not giving a shit after going scoreless in consecutive weeks against Iowa State and TCU:

“I’m not going to call anybody out, but you just can kind of look at people and just tell that they don’t care as much as some people do,” said the 6-foot-4 junior defensive end.

“I can feel people losing sight of what it was supposed to be. Maybe they’re not into as much as they were when they first got here, but you can definitely see it and feel it.”

To be fair, Armstrong insisted he hasn’t lost faith or hope. “Not at all.”

Great players transcend bad programs. Armstrong isn’t quite 2001 Julius Peppers but if you’ve suffered through a Kansas football game you’ve noticed number 2.


Why Watch This Week

Kansas is playing an Oklahoma team that (a) is trying to win a national title and (b) is going to use this week to prop up their quarterback for the Heisman. That means expect Baker Mayfield to try and load up the stat page, giving Armstrong plenty of opportunities to get in the backfield and make a statement in what will surely be a lopsided, losing effort. I’ll be watching.

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  • That Guy

    Whether it’s this guy or someone comparable, if the Bears pull a Floyd-level OLB in the first round, you’ve got two very good edge rushers bookending the Dline for years.

    Edge in Round 1.
    WR in Round 2.
    ?
    Profit!

    • ButtonShoes

      So far Floyd has been below-par this year. He was complete absent the first 3 games of the second, and was AWOL the past 2. That’s 5 out of 9 games that he did basically nothing. He’s not getting any bigger and if he keeps going at the current rate, he’ll finish with a grand total of around 8 sacks for the season. A nobody on the Peckers OL named Justin McCray manhandled him last week. Floyd is average/below-average, and if we get another OLB, he’d better be the real deal, and a hell of a lot better than the small-sized mediocrity that is Leonard Floyd.

      • DaBearsBlog

        He’s not going AWOL. He’s dropping into coverage. A lot. Because the Bears are stupidly coached.

        • BearDown100393

          Sometimes and quite often coaches can be stupid AND players JAGS.

        • ButtonShoes

          We can definitely agree on the Bears being stupidly coached.

          • BearDown100393

            And in maybe 10 years finally admit the roster and Pace were mediocre also

        • BerwynBomber

          I heard PFF has his percentage of pressures per rush graded as low.

          Perhaps someone who subscribes can provide the #s and a decent context, even if PFF’s analytics can always be up for debate.

          • BearDown100393

            Numbers only matter if feeding into the bias

        • SC Dave

          So Jeff, do the *results* when Floyd drops into coverage support your comment?

          • Irish Sweetness

            What results? Only the Dolphin and Raiders have less interceptions than us.
            We’re 18th in avg yards per pass allowed. Rush defense is stout at 3.9 …. but Floyd should be going forward not dropping back when it’s a pass.

            Fangio seems to think doing the opposite of what you should do is a good idea.

            Which makes him a prick.

      • Bender McLugh

        Absolutely wrong, wow

        • BerwynBomber

          Agreed.

          BUT Floyd, so far, has had a sophomore slump season. He has definitely moved a bit in reverse or is, at very best, stuck in neutral.

          And that has been a VERY unreported story among the CHI media and even on DBB.

          • Bender McLugh

            His numbers are below where they should be, no doubt. Jury is still out on him making a jump though

          • BearDown100393

            Okay so he is underachieving.

          • BerwynBomber

            Not necessarily. But there was hope for a bit of jump, I would think.

        • SC Dave

          Do you still read “This user is blocked”?

      • willbest

        This was covered by I think Wood. The D-line is being abused with absurdly high snap counts. It doesn’t bode well for late game pass rush, or their overall health throughout the season.

        • ButtonShoes

          So it’s not that he isn’t developing…he’s just exhausted?

      • Irish Sweetness

        “Floyd is average/below-average…”

        I’ll just leave that there all by itself. Oh, we’ll re-visit it though.

        • ButtonShoes

          I’d be happy to be wrong on this. It would mean that Floyd would have turned into a legit threat on defense that you could count on for double-digit sacks every year.

    • Irish Sweetness

      WR in 2? How about OT. I hate developing WRs. Pick them when they’re ripe from another team, not green off the tree. We need a pro OT.

  • BearDown100393

    If this kid has an issue with an inept offense, Chicago will be the death of him.

  • CanadaBear

    You know the season is in the crapper when you’re featuring draft prospects during the season.

    • BearDown100393

      Becoming a Thanksgiving tradition here

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    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Hasn’t Jeff been posting draft prospects since the beginning of the season?

      • CanadaBear

        I think he waited a few weeks. Not sure. I hate all the draft hooey.

        • willbest

          He waited until the college players started doing things to be worth considering for draftable purposes. It makes no sense to look at college ball players that have played 2-3 games against the likes of Southwest Oklahoma state.

          • BearDown100393

            But roughly double the amount of games played and it makes perfect sense for a GM to trade up to the 2nd top pick of the draft and pull the trigger based on potential…..

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          just filling content, we used to not get a post on Saturdays.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I like it. Think of the future. We’re going to have us some high picks! we’re not doing shit this season, so as always, time to get excited for the next.

  • BerwynBomber
    • willbest

      Maybe it just feels like injuries to top tier talent are more than say 5-10 years ago, but the NFL really can’t afford these guys going down at the rate they do.

      • BearDown100393

        Playing surface?

        • BerwynBomber

          Doesn’t help but the new false turf is supposed to be a lot more forgiving.

          • BearDown100393

            Supposedly.

    • SC Dave

      Who fucking cares? He’s not a Bear

  • Bender McLugh

    “The more snaps, the more reps you take, the better you get,’’ Trubisky said. ‘‘And I get.’’

    • BearDown100393

      I don’t trust his instruction.

      Fire them immediately.

      • SC Dave

        Don’t trust your judgment. Especially given dipshit comments like that one.

        • BearDown100393

          That’s fine. Enjoy the Hobo Show.

      • Nancy Glennon

        I am so glad you post on here, you make my Mikey look like a fricken genius.

  • madscout12

    So, what do ya say, boys? Foxy’s last game tomorrow?

    • Irish Sweetness

      Can’t remember a coach being fired mid-season, no.

      However, if I owned that team I would certainly dress Fangio down in public and ask him if he had any dignity whatesoever. Edit that – nobody with such a disregard for the game should be allowed in the building. The aim of defensive football is to prevent the offense from operating its gameplan … it’s not to aid them.

      • BearDown100393

        You honestly believe Fangio is the most dire problem with this coaching staff?

        Wow.

      • madscout12

        The only mistake I can’t forgive Fangio for is letting Jones call the signals against GB.

    • BearDown100393

      No.

      Because Pace is really is not in charge.

  • Irish Sweetness

    DaBearsBlog @dabearsblog
    Every year I remind you all – Ted Phillips is not the boogeyman. He’s the right hand man of ownership. He does not make football decision

    He’s the President and CEO. In what business does the the President and CEO not assume responsibility for company performance? The buck stops with him. He has overseen Jerry Angelo, Emery and now Ryan Pace … not win.

    Does he make football decisions? No. It doesn’t appear as though he can oversee the hiring of anyone that can.

    • BearDown100393

      Jeff is just a blogger.

      In love with Ryan Pace.

    • DaBearsBlog

      Company performance is brilliant.

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky

    37 comments. 16 of them are “User is Blocked”. And I’ve blocked two posters.

    So I’m guessing it’s all completely senseless negative bullshit. Almost half of the posts.

    Place is going to Hell in a handbasket.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      probably a good thing you have them blocked.

      “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

  • Pamela

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