Let it be known that, from here on out, former CFL defensive lineman Armond Armstead is OUR ENEMY!!!
Today, the 6'5, 300-lbs DT reportedly opted to sign with the New England Patriots. He'd visited with and was courted by the Indianapolis Colts, along with a few other teams. Armstead projects as a DE in a 3-4, but in Bill Belichick's new hybrid 4-3 - they run 4-3 a lot more these days - he would play more DT. Maybe that's what motivated him to sign with the "arrogant f**ks" known as the New England .
Armstead played his college ball at USC, where he was reportedly injected with painkillers 10 times over a period of a few weeks during his 2010 season. He suffered a heart attack as a result. Armstead recovered and later played in Canada. Now, he's making the jump to the NFL. He's a kid I wanted to root for after going through all that he did at USC, but...
You had to sign with the Patriots? The Patriots! RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWRRRRRRRR!!!
(Side note: That's the banshee cry I shriek on the roof of my house, sans shirt and pants, whenever good players turn away from the light and fall into the black pit that is New England)
Yeah, it sucks not landing someone that many teams clearly coveted, but that's life.
Going forward into the Senior Bowl and the subsequent pro days for many of the college athletes planning to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, the Colts must look at replenishing their talent along the defensive line. Cory Redding was a wonderful free agent addition in 2012, but he was injury prone during the regular season and he's 32-years-old. Don't look for the Colts to re-sign 2009 draft bust Fili Moala, and Drake Nevis, while he's shown flashes, simply cannot stay healthy.
If the Colts want to improve on defense, defensive end almost as just important a need in the 2013 NFL Draft as quarterback was in the 2012 one.