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
05/05/2015 - A closer look at the 49ers' 10 picks: Round 1/17 -- Arik Armstead, DE, 6-7, 292, Oregon...The 49ers under Trent Baalke believe in smooth transitions from retired players to their apprentices. Running back Carlos Hyde and guard Brandon Thomas are projected as starters this season, for example, after waiting in the wings behind Frank Gore and Mike Iupati, respectively. The 49ers hope they can be equally patient with Armstead, a raw, powerful talent who is considered much more polished against the run than the pass. That patience will be tested if veteran Justin Smith, who is contemplating retirement, elects not to play in 2015. - The Sports Xchange
05/05/2015 - 49ers reloading on defense with Armstead...The first draft pick of the Jim Tomsula era in 49ers football is a defensive lineman. That's no surprise. The question is: Was it a need pick or a luxury? After moving down two spots to acquire two additional picks, the 49ers selected Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead with the No. 17 pick of the 2015 draft. No doubt, the 6-foot-7, 292-pounder was selected to replace standout Justin Smith. Whether that handing of the baton takes place this season or sometime in the future remains unknown. Neither Tomsula nor general manager Trent Baalke shared any news regarding the status of Smith, who is pondering retirement. "We went into the draft not thinking about what decision Justin's going to make or not going to make," Baalke insisted. "We went in to find the best football player."
If anything, Tomsula chose to err on the wishful-thinking side when he said, "We're strong (on the defensive line). We just got stronger." Tomsula coached a defensive line last season that started the year with Smith on one side and Ray McDonald on the other. The 49ers already imported Darnell Dockett from Arizona to replace McDonald, a move many consider an upgrade. Needing to replace Smith with Armstead, whom Tomsula referred to as "inconsistent," certainly would not be. "How many 6-7, 295 men do they make?" asked Baalke, choosing to feature Armstead's measureables over his production. "A lot of them are playing basketball." - The Sports Xchange
02/17/2015 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 38/5. *Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon, 6-7, 296, 4.97, 1-2...After serving as a solid, sometimes sensational, defensive lineman since his freshman season, Armstead decided to play for pay after his junior season. Even among large athletes, this is one imposing man whose combination of height, weight, muscle, long arms and big hands are so impressive he might be seen as a caricature of what a coach wants to see in a defensive end. He excels against the run and is improving quickly as a pass rusher, where he has quickness off the line and his nimble footwork reflects his background in basketball, which he also played as a college freshman. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
02/16/2015 - 2015 NFL COMBINE: PROSPECTS WITH THE MOST TO GAIN OR LOSE, AGILITY TESTS AND DRILLS: DL Arik Armstead, Oregon...A freakish two-sport player in college, Armstead suited up for the Ducks on the football field and basketball court his first two years at Oregon before deciding to focus on football. At 6-feet-7 and 295 pounds, Armstead will test off the charts for an athlete his size. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/14/2015 - Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead has declared his eligibility for the NFL draft. The school's website announced that Armstead filed paperwork to make in official Tuesday. The 6-foot-8, 290-pound junior said in a statement that he's ready to test himself at the next level. Armstead started all 13 games he appeared in this season for the Ducks, and was second on the team with 5 ?? tackles for loss. In Monday's national championship loss to Ohio State, he had a career-high nine tackles and recovered a fumble by Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones that led to a third-quarter field goal. Armstead is the first Oregon player with eligibility left to declare for the draft, scheduled to start April 30. Other Oregon players who were considering leaving early for the pros include quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back Byron Marshall. - AP Sports
01/14/2015 - Armstead Declares For NFL Draft...Oregon junior defensive lineman Arik Armstead filed paperwork Tuesday making himself eligible for the 2015 NFL draft. "After three years preparing with my teammates and coaches, I feel I'm ready to test myself at the next level," Armstead said. "All the support I've received from Coach Pellum and Coach Aiken, the rest of the Oregon coaches and staff and in my academics has prepared me to make this jump." "I've had an awesome three years here, and I'm so happy I made the decision to be a Duck. I want to thank my coaches, the academic support and athletic training staffs, the Eugene community and Duck fans everywhere for supporting me throughout my three years here. I'll always be a Duck."
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 Monday's 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. "We appreciate Arik's contributions to the program over the last three years and wish him well at the next level," UO coach Mark Helfrich said. - Oregon football
06/20/2014 - Other Oregon prospects worth watching: DE Arik Armstead, Junior...Armstead's production is far from staggering but he boasts such an incredible combination of size and athleticism that he could wind up as Oregon's hottest NFL prospect on the defensive side of the ball. Armstead signed with the Ducks as a highly regarded prep and immediately impressed, recording 26 tackles in 13 games (including one start) in 2012. He didn't progress as hoped a season ago (15 tackles in 13 games, including five starts) but could be on the verge of a breakout campaign after quitting Oregon's basketball team to focus on football. A monstrous man with natural power and light feet, Armstead's upside is undeniable. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
06/05/2014 - ROB RANG'S MAY 15, 2014 TOP 32 BIG BOARD: 32. Arik Armstead, DT, 6-7, 292, Jr., Oregon: Armstead hasn't played with the consistency to warrant this lofty projection yet, but he boasts extraordinary size and athleticism. Now that he's focusing on football rather than splitting his time on the basketball court with the Ducks, he could be ready to soar up draft boards. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com