Ryquell Armstead is going to Jacksonville to fulfill his dream of playing in the National Football League.
The Millville native was selected by the Jaguars in the fifth round (140th overall pick) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
The 5-foot-10, 220-pound tailback rushed for over 1,000 yards and 13 yards during his senior season at Temple University last fall.
Now, he’ll be playing alongside former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who signed with Jacksonville over the winter.
“I see myself as an every-down guy, a guy that’s very unique, that can hit the home run, run between the tackles, block, catch the ball out of the backfield,” Armstead told the Daily Journal last week. “You’re not going to find a guy my size that runs with my type of speed. I see my game translating very smoothly to the NFL. I understand at the next level a lot of things are faster, guys are stronger and bigger, but I have the utmost confidence in myself and what I’m capable of doing.”
Armstead is the fourth player from Millville to be selected in the NFL, according to pro-football-reference.com, joining Steve Romanik (1950), Calvin Murray (1981) and Bubba Green (1981).
Dwayne Hendricks was the last player from Holy City to play in the league, logging one game with the New York Giants in 2011.
Cumberland County has produced picks in consecutive drafts as Vineland’s Jamil Demby was selected in the sixth round (192nd overall) by the Los Angeles Rams.