Photo of Arik Armstead
Drafted By: 49ers
  • Round 1
  • Pick 17
  • Overall 17

Combine Results

6.51 ?
  • 5.10 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 24 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.57 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.53 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"His length and power are both amazing. He's a perfect scheme fit for the 49ers as a five-technique, which means he's a defensive end in a 3-4 defense. He's so young and inexperienced, but the sky is the limit." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'7" Height
  • 33" Arm Length
  • 292LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands


Started all 13 games he played in during 2014 season, recording 46 tackles. Missed two games due to ankle injury. Finished season with 16 quarterback pressures, 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for losses. In 2013, started five games and recorded his first full career sack against Nicholls State in the first game of the season. In 2012, one of four true freshmen to receive playing time in all 13 games and joined men's basketball team after football season, but was redshirted. Was a standout on offensive and defensive lines in high school and was selected to U.S. Army All-American game. Armstead's father, Guss, played basketball at Sacramento State and Arik's brother, Armond, played football at USC and spent a season with the New England Patriots before retiring from football in 2014.



Improved by leaps and bounds from 2013 to 2014. Elite size with ability to add more bulk to his frame. Quick-twitch athlete. Explodes upfield into blockers with good pad level and hip snap, gaining instant leverage against the run and often jarring them into the backfield. Gets good arm extension to control offensive linemen and peppers them with powerful hands. Can unlock quickly from blocks. Has above-average tackle radius thanks to his length and quickness.


Power-based pass rush with very little production to show for it over his time at Oregon. Plays tall as pass rusher and doesn't use his hands to gain consistent advantages. Has no reliable counter moves when rush stalls. Gets caught up in whipping man in front of him rather than making the ball carrier his focus. Will win against an offensive lineman, but doesn't put himself into position to finish.

Draft Projection

Round 1

Sources Tell Us

"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." -- Pac-12 area scout

NFL Comparison

Calais Campbell

Bottom Line

Projection-based prospect with elite size and the traits to become a dominant run-stuffing defensive end in an odd front. 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. He will need patience and coaching and must become a more effective pass rusher at some point.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.