Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong has declared for the NFL Draft.
Armstrong, a 6-foot-4, 246-pound junior from Houston, made the announcement Thursday afternoon on his Twitter account.
“I’m excited to start this new journey and I hope and pray that my KU family will continue to support me as I go on to live my dreams,” Armstrong wrote.
Following a 10-sack season in 2016, Armstrong was chosen preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year before posting 63 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 2017. KU defensive coordinator Clint Bowen said late in the year that a big reason for Armstrong’s reduced pass-rush production was a change in scheme that required him to have more run-stopping responsibilities.
“He didn’t become slow or unathletic or a bad pass-rush guy,” Bowen said in November. “He’s doing some things for us that I really appreciate his unselfishness and his team attitude, because he gets in there and battles.”
CBS Sports’ mock draft in September had Armstrong as a first-round pick. Walterfootball.com’s current projection has Armstrong slated to go in the second or third round.
“Incredibly proud of Dorance and how much he has grown as both a player and a man during his time with us,” KU coach David Beaty tweeted after Thursday’s announcement. “Excited to see what your future holds.”