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Arik Armstead is headed to the Bay Area after the 49ers traded down and selected him No. 17 overall. I had projected the 49ers to select the defensive lineman out of Oregon with their pick, but Armstead might be one of the biggest question marks in the draft. He has shown that his biggest weakness is his ability to get to the quarterback, only recording 2.5 sacks last season. He is an athletic player that has size (6’7″ and 292 lbs.), but he needs to show that he can use it more effectively and on a consistent basis.

With the pick, the 49ers addressed a defense that has been gutted by unsuspecting retirement of key players, but I am not sure if Arik Armstead has what it takes to be an every-down defensive lineman for them. This was a need for the 49ers though, and it could pay off for them in the near future. With Justin Smith possibly retiring this season or maybe next season, they needed to go with Armstead at No. 17. If he can be consistent for the 49ers, he will have an instant impact.

This pick might be the biggest question mark in the NFL Draft so far, but he should be able to develop his raw skills into something special. If he does, the NFC West should be worried. If he doesn’t, 49ers fans are going to be highly upset with this pick when there were other high-profile players available, like Shane Ray. Sorry 49ers fans, this pick might be a bust.

Did the 49ers mess up by not taking Shane Ray at No.17, or will Arik Armstead prove to be a great pick? What did you think of the 49ers pick? Leave your comments in the section below.

Dustin Brown covers the NFL for MFST. You can follow him on Twitter @SprtsWritingMan.

 

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