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Arik Armstead, DE

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 292 lbs.
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5.062.921.7524 349'9"4.537.57

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Player Overview

Signed as a highly regarded prep and recorded 26 tackles in 13 games (including one start) in 2012. Progress slowed as a sophomore (15 tackles in 13 games, including five starts) but helped the Ducks win the Pac-12 and Rose Bowl and qualify for the national championship as a junior after quitting Oregon's basketball team to focus on football.

Dedicated to football in 2014, Armstead's incredible talent began to show through. He recorded 46 tackles, including 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks despite facing constant double teams.

Lacks the explosiveness off the snap to ever wreak havoc as a pass rusher but his size, strength and length make him an obvious five-technique candidate for traditional 3-4 clubs and he's light enough on his feet to potentially slide inside to defensive tackle in a four-man front. That kind of versatility and upside is likely to earn Armstead top 50 consideration. Some teams will pass on the raw prospect with questions about how important football really is to him.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Imposing frame with plenty of room for additional muscle mass. Broad shoulders and long limbs with good overall weight distribution throughout. Good functional strength to jolt would-be blockers and shed. Uses height advantage to locate the football quickly. Light on his feet for a man of his size. Asked to drop into coverage, showing surprising balance and coordination. Can spin free from blocks and shows a late burst to close on the ball. May be just scratching the surface of his potential.

WEAKNESSES: Not yet the sum of his parts. Lacks quick-twitch athleticism and is often the last lineman off the ball. Pops upright at the line of scrimmage, negating his own power. Reliant on a simple bull rush and needs a clear lane to get to the quarterback. Doesn't possess the speed to chase down ballcarriers outside of the tackle box. Still developing recognition of passing lanes.

Compares To: Calais Campbell, Cardinals -- Armstead hasn't yet shown the strength and physicality that has made Campbell one of the league's best 3-4 defensive ends but the blend of size and athleticism is undeniable.

--Rob Rang

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05/05/2015 - 49ers reloading on defense with Armstead...Armstead had the reputation as more of a run stopper than a sacker at Oregon, where he got to the quarterback just four times in his entire three-year career. He apparently sold the 49ers on the fact that everything he did -- or didn't do -- in 2014 was impacted by an ankle injury. "I think I'm definitely a nickel pass rusher," he claimed on a conference call shortly after being selected. "I have the athleticism and length to do that, and I'm looking forward to doing that more and getting after the quarterback more." Few teams have done a better job preparing for the future in recent years than the 49ers. For example, they lost perennial standouts Frank Gore and Mike Iupati since the end of the 2014 season, yet believe they are in great shape to move forward without a hitch because of the 2014 selections of Carlos Hyde (second round) and Brandon Thomas (third).

In other words, the 49ers will be completely happy if Armstead isn't a starter in 2015. After all, he wasn't drafted to start next season. He was drafted to start when Smith is no longer around, whenever that is. The 49ers, originally scheduled to select 15th, received a fourth-round pick (No. 117 overall) and a 2016 fifth-rounder from the San Diego Chargers for the right to flip-flop the 15th and 17th picks of the first round Thursday night. - The Sports Xchange



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