With the San Francisco 49ers just one pick away from making a selection they opted instead to strike a trade with the San Diego Chargers in which they swapped first-round selections. The Chargers who held the 17th pick moved up to No. 15 to take Wisconsin’s RB Melvin Gordon.
The 49ers benefited greatly from the move as they picked up a fourth-round pick (No. 117) and a 2016 fifth-round selection in the process.
With the 17th pick, the 49ers decided to draft DE Arik Armstead out of Oregon. A selection, I do not agree with as the 49ers already have depth at the position with DE Tank Carradine, DE Quinton Dial, DE Tony Jerod-Eddie, and DE Darnell Dockett, adding Armstead doesn’t make much sense.
In fact I wrote an article on this exact scenario as I felt that the 49ers may indeed draft the Oregon product. However, Armstead is now in San Francisco and it will be interesting to see how he fares as his motor is questionable and plays too-high allowing offensive lineman to get under his pads.
— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) May 1, 2015
On another note, I have to give props to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee and Paul Gutierrez of ESPN for nailing the 49ers first-round pick.
With the 49ers taking Armstead it will be interesting to see what they do in the second-round as they need to address wide-receiver, cornerback, and pass-rusher.