Kansas pass rusher Dorance Armstrong Jr. has visited the Bills in advance of the NFL draft, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.
Armstrong also has visited the Seahawks and Rams and did private workouts for the Texans, Patriots, 49ers, Chiefs, Lions and Saints, according to the report. He is projected as anywhere from a second rounder to a fifth rounder.
Armstrong has impressive physical numbers, checking in at 6-4 and 257 pounds at the Scouting Combine with 10-inch hands and 34 2/4-inch arms. He caused some concern when he ran a 4.87 at the combine, although he impressed with his athleticism.
He started five games as a true freshman with 23 tackles and 3.5 sacks, but had a breakout sophomore season with 56 tackles and 10 sacks. The scheme changed at Kansas for his junior year and he was asked to play run first and pass second; his sacks dropped to 1.5 but he had 63 tackles. He also played on a bad team where he was among the few stars who defenses had to account for.
Among the intriguing things about Armstrong is that he could be a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL after rarely dropping into coverage in college. Instead, he primarily used his speed to get to the quarterback. That potential versatility has made him attractive to a number of teams.
“He played out of position at Kansas; they had him as a five-technique (defensive end) instead of outside linebacker, which is what he is," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock told the Kansas City Star. "But I think he can play in a four-down system."
Armstrong is the 20th player reported to visit the Bills among the 30 visits allowed by the league. Visits have to be completed by Wednesday.