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Arik Armstead | Defensive End

Team: Oregon Ducks
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 285

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva panned San Francisco's draft, writing that it "wouldn't surprise me if one or even none of these players becomes a good football player right away" and giving the class a "D+" grade.
"The 49ers drew day-one praise for trading down with the Chargers and still securing 'their guy' in [Arik] Armstead," Silva wrote. "I view Armstead as a classic boom-or-bust prospect, however, and unworthy of a top-20 pick. For someone as physically gifted as he is, Armstead had an alarming shortage of college production." ESPN's Mel Kiper was also not a fan of the class, giving it a "C+." "If there's a theme here, it's that you really need to believe in your ability to coach these guys up," Kiper wrote. "The other thing I wonder about is the lack of a true inside linebacker or cornerback. I'm fascinated to see what this class becomes because it's short on guarantees." May 4 - 7:05 PM
Source: Rotoworld

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49ers selected Oregon DE Arik Armstead with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Armstead (6'7/292) was highly touted before and throughout his college career, but managed nine career tackles for loss and just four sacks as a 19-game starter for Oregon. He also disappointed at the Combine, running 5.10 with a 9-foot-9 broad jump and sluggish 7.57 three-cone time. Armstead looks like Calais Campbell, but frustrates on tape with inconsistent effort, and his lack of college production is a significant red flag. He offers very little as a pass rusher at this stage.
Apr 30 - 10:01 PM

ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden said he would "not select [Oregon DL Arik Armstead] in the first round based on the production."

"I just do not get enough Armstead on any of these tapes," Gruden said. "He doesn't have a lot of production." As we like to say, the 6-foot-7, 292-pound Armstead has the talent of a top-five pick and the production to go on Day 2 or 3. "At the college level, with a man of this stature, you should walk out of the stadium going, 'Holy cow, this Armstead is unbelievable!'" Gruden said. "I do not remember a film that I put down and said, 'I'm going to go get my season tickets renewed and buy an Armstead jersey.' I do not think it was a lack of effort. It was a lack of getting there and making the play --- not penetrating, not beating the block."
Apr 29 - 1:51 PM

An anonymous NFL scout called Oregon DL Arik Armstead a "great athlete" who is nonetheless "overrated" because he "plays when he wants to play."

"If you're going to make him a 5-technique (DE in a 3-4) he's an obstacle," a different scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He will lay out to make plays. It's not every down, but when he gets in the league I suspect it will be every down. You've got to harness his talent. It's not ready-made." Armstead had 87 tackles (10 for loss) and only four sacks in college, stats not even close to his ability level. At the combine, he logged a 5.10-second 40-yard dash, 24 bench reps, a 34-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-9 broad jump and a 4.53-second short shuttle. "Physical and strong," a second scout said. "Plays high. Has some lapses in his play. Power type rusher. Pretty good athlete."
Apr 27 - 11:55 PM

An anonymous NFL scout compares Oregon DL Arik Armstead to Chris Canty and said he "[doesn't] think he'll ever be a big sack number guy, but he'll play well for you."

"Talented and big as hell," a different scout told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "He's the one guy I've had a hard time grading. You watch him and you see the talent of a first-round pick. But then he plays like a fourth-round pick." As we've said before, the 6-foot-7, 292-pound Armstead has the talent to go at the top of the first round and the production to go on Day 2 or 3. "When you're that tall, you either have to have really good strength, or really good technique," another scout said. "He doesn't have either, yet. He plays hard. He's going to be all right."
Source: NJ.com
Apr 26 - 7:17 PM

Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus strongly disagrees with comparisons being made between Oregon DL Arik Armstead and Calais Campbell.

Armstead shares Campbell's size and athletic gifts, but Renner wonders why everyone is forgetting that Campbell had as many sacks in his sophomore season (10.5) as Armstead did during his entire collegiate career. "Defensive line is one of the positions where physical freaks can easily dominate in college with little to no technique," Renner wrote. "That is why it's concerning that Armstead produced well outside the upper echelon of defensive linemen." Armstead ranked No. 20 in PFF's metrics of interior lineman versus Power 5 schools, logging mediocre numbers in both run-stop percentage (7.1) and pass-rushing productivity (6.0). "Those are worrisome numbers for a potential top-15 pick," Renner concluded.
Apr 26 - 3:20 PM

College Football Focus points out that Oregon DL Arik Armstead had merely 26 quarterback pressures and doesn't believe he was dominant enough to be a first-rounder.

"He has the size and perceived upside because of that, but there wasn't much dominance in his performance," Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo said. Armstead is a case where analytics and scouts are going to clash, an argument coaches and ultimately the front office are going to have to break. The 6-foot-7, 292-pound Armstead has all the talent in the world, but it's absolutely fair to point out that he wasn't nearly as disruptive as he should have been in college. In the end, we still expect Armstead to go in Round 1.
Apr 22 - 7:10 PM

Oregon DL Arik Armstead "didn't show much as a pass-rusher at Oregon but possesses good upside in this area with his length, power and athleticism," writes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He's also good against the run. He's straight out of central casting for what you look for in a 5-technique from a physical standpoint, but he could probably play either 4-3 defensive tackle or 4-3 defensive end if needed," McShay wrote. The 6-foot-7, 292-pound Armstead has the talent to go at the top of the first round and the production to go on Day 2. It seems likely that the difference will be split and he'll be tabbed in the middle of Round 1.
Apr 16 - 7:23 PM

Oregon DL Arik Armstead will have a pre-draft visit the 49ers at some point this month.

With defensive end Justin Smith considering retirement and Darnell Dockett probably not far behind, the 49ers need to fortify their defensive front in the draft. The 6-foot-7, 292-pound Armstead, who could conceivably play anywhere on the line, would be a good fit. ESPN's Steve Muench compares Armstead to Calais Campbell and Jared Odrick. Stats & Information Group's Sharon Katz, on the other hand, offers Ra'Shede Hageman, Quinton Coples, Gerald McCoy and Margus Hunt as comparisons to Armstead, the fourth-tallest DL measured at the combine since 2006.
Apr 8 - 5:36 PM

Oregon DL Arik Armstead will visit the Jaguars on Tuesday.

Armstead revealed the news on PFT on NBCSN. The Jaguars are hosting a huge group of top prospects on Tuesday. We don't think Armstead is in the conversation with the third pick and he will be off the board by the second round. Expect the Oregon defensive lineman to be drafted earlier than most are projecting. A top 10 selection is absolutely possible.
Apr 7 - 9:53 AM

ESPN's Steve Muench compares Oregon DL Arik Armstead to Calais Campbell and Jared Odrick.

"The 6-8 Calais Campbell is a better example if we are comparing players with this kind of rare height, but Jared Odrick may be the best comparison overall," Muench wrote. "His scheme versatility, ability to stuff the run and potential to develop into a productive power rusher coming out of Penn State in 2010 remind me of Armstead now." Stats & Information Group's Sharon Katz, on the other hand, offers Ra'Shede Hageman, Quinton Coples, Gerald McCoy and Margus Hunt as comparisons to Armstead, the fourth-tallest DL measured at the combine since 2006, based on the numbers. "Given his height, weight (292), relatively short arms and large hands, he's appears to be a heavier version of DEs Coples and Hunt," she wrote. "Armstead's combine tests more closely mirror a pair of athletic defensive tackles, Hageman and McCoy."
Apr 4 - 4:23 PM

Steve Muench of ESPN thinks San Francisco could target Oregon DL Arik Armstead in Round 1.

"The 49ers signed Darnell Dockett, but he is turning 34 years old and coming off a torn ACL, and 2013 second-round pick Tank Carradine could take the next step this year but has an extensive injury history himself," Muench wrote. "As a result, addressing the position makes sense even if [Justin] Smith returns and Dockett works out this year." Scouts Inc. is a big fan of Armstead, allotting him a grade of 93. "Armstead is a potential top-10 pick, but if he lasts until No. 15 the Niners would be wise to take him," Muench wrote. "At 6-foot-7 and 292 pounds, Armstead has an elite blend of bulk, power and length. He's a tough run-stopper who controls blockers one-on-one and has the violent hands to quickly disengage once he's located the ball. He doesn't project as a high-volume sack producer, but he's a powerful pass-rusher with the ability to occupy blockers and help free up San Francisco's talented edge rushers." Armstead, NFL Media analyst Daniel
Mar 29 - 8:27 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Oregon DL Arik Armstead "will need patience and coaching and must become a more effective pass rusher at some point."

Zierlein ranks Armstead as the No. 2 defensive lineman in the class. "Projection-based prospect with elite size and the traits to become a dominant run-stuffing defensive end in an odd front," the analyst wrote. "Armstead has the explosiveness off the snap and in his jarring punch to gain early advantages and control offensive linemen. Armstead is a fast riser but is still very raw." Zierlein compares the 6-foot-8, 290-pound defensive end to Calais Campbell. "I see the power in his hands and all of his tools, but I don't see the production or the consistent push that I feel like I should see from him. He could end up being a monster, but you have to understand that what you get right now is just a big athlete with some upside," said a Pac-12 area scout.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 23 - 11:36 PM

Oregon DL Arik Armstead "already excels against the run, is improving as a pass rusher and opinions are divided whether he projects as a tackle or end," noted NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"Focused, fearless and sometimes violent, Armstead and his freakish dimensions should cause offenses trouble on some NFL team's defensive line," Cooney wrote. Armstead had a so-so combine, logging a 5.10-second 40-yard dash, 24 bench reps, a 34-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-9 broad jump and a 4.53-second short shuttle. Armstead, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah's No. 13 prospect, has drawn comparisons to Dion Jordan and Ziggy Ansah.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 15 - 6:43 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes Detroit could target Oregon DL Arik Armstead in Round 1.

The Lions figure to target defensive line fortification early in next month's draft after losing Ndamukong Suh to the Dolphins. "We've talked a lot about Eddie Goldman out of Florida State, but I'll say Arik Armstead from Oregon," Jeremiah said on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft." "He is intriguing because of his size and length. He's 6-foot-7. He would fit in great with that Detroit front. When you look at the size they have, they're almost 6-foot-5 across the board. Add somebody that's 6-7, and that's a big front Aaron Rodgers has to deal with." Many NFL.com mock drafts have Armstead going around where the Lions select at No. 23, with the highest projection No. 15 overall to the San Francisco 49ers.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 9 - 11:29 PM