49ers Draft Grades: Arik Armstead, Jaquiski Tartt, and Eli Harold


1. DE Arik Armstead (First Round- No. 17 pick)

Analysis: To be honest, I am not sold on Armstead. A raw project whose ceiling is high simply due to his H-W-S combination, I strongly felt the 49ers should have addressed other pressing needs such as UCONN’s CB Byron Jones or even troubled but talented CB Marcus Peters (Washington) who went one pick later. Can Armstead crack the starting lineup with DE Darnell Dockett, DE Quinton Dial, and DE Tank Carradine already there? I doubt it. Leaving Armstead to be a spot player in year one.

However, the 49ers did gain two additional picks from trading down with the San Diego Chargers as they acquired the Chargers fourth-round pick (No. 117) and a future 2016 fifth-round pick so all was not lost from the Armstead selection.

Grade: C



2. SS Jaquiski Tartt (Samford) (Second Round- No. 46)

Analysis: With Miami’s ILB Denzel Perryman on the board how can the 49ers pass up a talent like this at a position of need?

Tartt who was a projected to be a late third-round pick was taken a little earlier than expected. And while Tartt has serious hitting ability –I wonder what type of impact he will make in his rookie season aside from being a special-teams gunner.

Grade: D


3. OLB Eli Harold (Virginia) (Third Round- No. 79)

Analysis: A natural born leader, Harold brings leadership, toughness, and strength to the 49ers outside linebackers unit. He can set the edge while holding the point of attack, all while peaking into the backfield, which in turn allows him to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. At 6-3, 247, Harold can stand to add some bulk to his frame but the Forever Faithful should be excited as they got a steal in the third-round.

Grade: A

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