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UAPB’s Armstead Goes To Saints, Other HBCU Prospects Wait

SBNation’s incredible GIF shows Terron Armstead’s 40 in comparison with WR T.J. Moe.

The New Orleans Saints selected Terron Armstead in with the third round of the NFL Draft, making him the first and only selection from an HBCU in the first three rounds. The 6’5, 306 pound Arkansas-Pine Bluff tackle was predicted to go in the mid-to-late second round, but fell slightly to the 75th overall pick.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsComing out of high school, Armstead had several Division I offers, but selected UAPB primarily to participate in track and field as well as football. Coincidentally, it was his foot speed that set him apart at the NFL Combine, where he ran a blazing 4.71 40 yard dash.

Armstead told WWL radio that former New Orleans Saints tackle Willie Roaf has been one of his mentors.

“I talked to him probably two days ago via text message,” he said. “He’s been helping me out tremendously.”

Armstead’s selection was slightly overshadowed by the person who announced it. Former New Orleans Saints special teams player Steve Gleason, announced the team’s pick. Gleason memorably blocked a punt to give New Orleans its first win in the New Orleans Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. He is now suffering from Lou Gherig’s disease and made the announcement from his wheelchair.  Still, Saints fans seem ecstatic about picking up Armstead and the media has responded with positive feedback.

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//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsTomorrow should be a big day for several HBCU prospects, as many draft sites have Alabama State QB/WR Greg Jenkins, SC State safety Jakar Hamilton, and Howard LB Keith Pough on their draft boards. And of course, many HBCU players will get their chance as undrafted free agents as early as Saturday evening.

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That type of attitude is going to make Pough one of the steals of the draft.

Stay tuned to HBCU Gameday for all of Saturday’s NFL Draft news.

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