When the San Francisco 49ers drafted DE Arik Armstead in the first-round (No. 17), I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the selection. A player with huge upside who played with a high pad-level, I wasn’t sold that Armstead could crack the starting lineup on one of the most dominant defensive lines in the NFL.
However, Armstead has been receiving high praise since training camp and getting positive 360 degree feedback from both his peers, teammates, and coaching staff. Just ask 12-year veteran DE Darnell Dockett his thoughts on the Oregon product as he believes that Armstead has a ‘higher upside” than former Arizona Cardinals teammate DE Calais Campbell.
#49ers GM Baalke on DE Arik Armstead: “What Arik Armstead can do, and the technique he can play, in any given draft there’s only (Part 1)
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) August 5, 2015
And while Tomsula has been praising Armstead’s film study and work ethic in the weight room, it’s 49ers GM Trent Baalke who thought so highly of Armstead that he believes there are only five or six guys in any given draft who can play a true four-technique in the NFL.
So what should the Forever Faithful expect from Armstead in 2015? While, he likely won’t start the season on the first-team, I believe that Armstead will be a nice rotational player as he gets acclimated to the NFL game. And despite not starting, I believe that Armstead can make some type of impact as he is a big body with the athleticism to win at the line of scrimmage.
With the 49ers shoring up their depth-chart and 53-man roster, it will be fun to watch how Armstead progresses as the 49ers feel he has the talent to be something special.
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