With the NFL Combine still officially underway, it’s interesting to think back to the current New Orleans Saints players performances at the combine. Three years ago, Saints Tackle Terron Armstead was one of the talks of the combine.
In fact, Pro Football Focus listed the top combine performers in the NFL since 2006 broken down by position. Tied with Lance Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles was Terron Armstead, as one of the best performances by a Tackle.
The two fastest offensive linemen over the past 11 seasons, Armstead and Johnson were among the few that didn’t move like offensive linemen. While offensive line isn’t usually a premium position for athleticism, these two have translated it to the playing field. Armstead was a top-three left tackle in the league in 2015 before battling injuries last year while Johnson was far and away the best right tackle in the league this past season before he got suspended.
Armstead’s combine performance was indeed impressive. He showcased his athleticism, topping all Tackles in the 40 yard dash (with 4.71, a speed some NFL QBs would envy), vertical jump (at 34.5 inches), and broad jump (at an impressive 112 inches).
No current or former New Orleans Saints made the rest of the list as either a top performer or honorable mention, but across the NFC South, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones did top the best Wide Receiver performances.