Armstead is considered a potential first-round talent after contributing on the Oregon defensive line since his true freshman season in 2012. His 5 1/2 tackles for loss as a junior were second among UO defensive linemen, and he led the team with six quarterback hurries. In the College Football Playoff National Championship game, Armstead tied for the team lead against Ohio State with nine tackles - four more than his previous career high. He also recovered a fumble to set up the field goal that got Oregon within 21-20 in the third quarter. A former five-star recruit and high school all-American, Armstead played in all 13 games as a true freshman, starting one on the Ducks' path to a Fiesta Bowl title. He earned a starting nod to open the 2013 season, then started all 13 games in which he played as a junior.
Played in all 13 games making five starts ... Finished regular season with 15 total tackles (five unassisted) ... Made two assisted stops in the Alamo Bowl against Texas ... Credited with one solo and one assisted tackle against both Arizona and Utah ... Recorded 0.5 tackles for a one-yard loss against Colorado ... Made three stops, including a tackle for a loss at Stanford ... Had three tackles, including one solo at Virginia ... Made a career-first solo sack for a four-yard loss in the season-opening win against Nicholls.
Evolved into a major asset along the defensive line as a first-year collegian, displaying versatility to play either inside or on the perimeter ... Ranked fourth on the team in tackles (26) among those coming off the bench, playing in all 13 games while earning a starting nod at California ... Recorded season-high four tackles in win over Colorado while picking up an assist for a tackle-for-loss of 1 yard ... Added trio of stops against Tennessee Tech and Washington, assisting with a quarterback sack vs. the Golden Eagles ... Had one tackle for a loss of 2 yards in win at Oregon State ... Credited with a pair of tackles on six other occasions, including two solo takedowns in his collegiate debut against Arkansas State ... Responsible for one quarterback hurry in addition to two tackles in victory vs. Arizona ... Joined the men's basketball team following the completion of the football season, redshirting for the program that claimed the Pac-12 Conference Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Regional round.
A two-way standout on the defensive and offensive lines, selected to the U.S. Army All-American game and a member of the 2012 Parade All-America team ... Tallied 42 tackles, 3.5 sacks and broke up three passes in his final prep campaign, helping lead the Eagles to the California Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship game ... Named to Cal-Hi Sports all-state first team as an offensive lineman ... 2011 Sac-Joaquin Section first-team offensive lineman ... Recorded 45 tackles, two sacks, two pass breakups, one blocked punt and one blocked field goal as a junior ... Named all-NorCal first-team selection on the offensive line, as well as first-team all-Metro by the Sacramento Bee during junior campaign ... Named Delta River League Lineman of the Year in 2010 ... Posted 39 tackles, two sacks, four pass breakups and recovered one fumble as a sophomore ... Also a two-year letterwinner in basketball.
Parents: Guss and Christa Armstead. Family: One brother, one sister. High School (Coach): Pleasant Grove (Joe Cattolico), 2012. Major: Undeclared.
- 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