Four-down territory: Oregon's Kelly gets a breakthrough recruit
Let's take a look at what's happening across the nation on this Monday morning...
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• Arik Armstead finally announced his college destination on Sunday, choosing to attend Oregon over a host of other major programs, including Notre Dame, Auburn, Cal and Washington. Considered an even better offensive tackle prospect than defensive end, the two-sport star chose the Ducks because head coach Chip Kelly and his staff were on board with Armstead's desire to play on the defensive side of the ball. And while we saw Kelly land Pac-12 freshman on the year De'Anthony Thomas on National Signing Day last season, Armstead becomes a breakthrough commitment for this staff because it had yet to sign a big-time defender up until now. We are all familiar with Kelly's up-tempo, high-octane offense, but Armstead represents a top-notch defender that Kelly has never been able to bring into Eugene. Is top safety Shaq Thompson next on the agenda? It's a scary thought for Pac-12 foes, especially because the Ducks' defense seems to improve as the season progresses.
• The Senior Bowl was played this past Saturday, and I thought the following players really did well for themselves as we turn our attention to April's NFL Draft: running back Isaiah Pead, who was named the game's MVP because of his strong play on punt returns; quarterback Brandon Weeden, who many scouts believe had a better week of practice than Nick Foles; defensive end Quinton Coples, whose athleticism really shined; and running back Doug Martin, whose pass protection and downfield blocking are rare traits for a youngster to possess. Meanwhile, quarterback Russell Wilson needs work while standing in the pocket.
• I've maintained that FIU's Mario Cristobal would be a home-run hire for Rutgers, but a good portion of New Jersey high school coaches would be thrilled if Scarlet Knights athletic director Tim Pernetti kept Kyle Flood as interim head coach. The team's offensive line and assistant head coach would maintain continuity for the program, and many local prep coaches believe his recruiting prowess would serve the team well as it looks to hold onto one of its best classes in school history.
• Don't forget to check out Wes Bunting's newest mock draft today at the NFP. We know Andrew Luck is slated to get picked by Indianapolis at No. 1, but how may the rest of the first round shake out this April?
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