After Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota was selected by the Tennessee Titans with the No. 2 overall pick, the 49ers got in on selecting standouts from Oregon by taking defensive lineman Arik Armstead with the 17th pick. The Niners were originally slotted to pick two spots earlier at No. 15 before trading down with the San Diego Chargers in exchange for their first round pick, a fourth rounder, and a fifth rounder. With the Niners' previous pick, the Chargers took Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon.
Armstead is a wide bodied defensive end at 6'7, 292 pounds with 33-inch arms and 10.5" hands. He finished 2014 with 46 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for a loss, one fumble forced, and a fumble recovered.
With the Niners undergoing a bit of a metamorphosis following the departure of head coach Jim Harbaugh for the Michigan Wolverines, Armstead will have a chance to join a defensive rotation which includes Justin Smith, whose short and long term status alike with the team is unknown. Though still a bit raw, if Armstead can grow into his full potential, the Niners may have a real player here.