The San Francisco 49ers traded back from No. 15 to No. 17 in the draft, acquiring a 4th round pick and a 5th round pick from the San Diego Chargers to select Arik Armstead out of Oregon.
Position: Defensive End
Measurables: 6’7”, 292 lbs, 33” arm length, 10 ½” hands
Armstead missed two games due to an ankle injury in 2014, but he was an emerging force in 13 starts with 16 quarterback pressures, 2.5 sacks, and 4.5 tackles for a loss. While not as decorated with awards as some of his peers in this draft, Armstead’s improvement from 2013 to 2014 and dual-sport athleticism (basketball) makes him one of the most intriguing upside prospects on the defensive side of the draft board.
Possessing a huge frame that’s elite even by NFL standards, Armstead is a quick-twitch athlete who combines explosiveness with good fundamentals which allow to create and maintain leverage on the edge. Able to power off blocks with deceptive quickness, Armstead is a raw physical specimen who could be the #1 boom/bust defender in the first round.
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