Former Miami safety and potential top five player at his position Ray Ray Armstrong was kicked off of Miami’s football team in July, but he has found a new home at Faulkner University, where he plans to hopefully join the football team.
Faulkner head coach Brent Parker confirmed that Armstrong would practice with the team on Wednesday, but they will still have to wait on NAIA eligibility rulings to see if he is able to play.
Armstrong was ruled ineligible for Miami this season after sitting out a handful of games last year, so his NFL future is somewhat in doubt. He will still be considered a top safety prospect, but this development certainly hurts his stock.
Armstrong met with the president of Faulkner University on Tuesday, so hopefully this is a step in the right direction for his career. At Miami, Armstrong developed himself into a potential first round prospect with his phenomenal size and tackling ability. Here is our NFL Mocks scouting report on him:
Armstrong has unique physical ability. He is a better prospect than Taylor Mays is because he is a better player. The thing that is most intriguing about Armstrong is his size and with his size and athleticism he should be able to cover tight ends at a level that many safeties just can’t do. Tight Ends are not a huge matchup problems than Armstrong, but armstrong is a strong safety and those kinds of players are devalued because they are not asked to make a lot of plays on the football. What will also hurt Armstrong’s stock is the fact that he is being investigated for inappropriate conduct with a P.R. firm currently and was suspended earlier in the year because he accepted extra benefits. Both will hurt his draft stock as will his ability to play pass coverage against quicker, faster wide recievers.
NFLMocks preseason bio
Excellent tackler at the safety position who makes plays all over the field. Big hitter who is considered a potential first round prospect by many NFL Draft outlets. He is certainly physically imposing and came to Miami as a highly touted prospect considered an “athlete” and clearly they chose the right spot for him. He really broke out as a sophomore with 79 tackles and three interceptions, one returned for a touchdown. Armstrong is very, very talented and has great potential as an NFL player. He is pretty much a consensus first team All-ACC heading into the 2011 season, and was second team All-ACC last year despite starting only four games. He should be one of the top safeties on most draft boards heading into the season.