The San Francisco 49ers have been frequently connected to Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead this offseason, with our mock draft database reflecting as much. He has generally been the most frequent name mentioned over the last two months. SB Nation's Dan Kadar is finding similar information in his own look around mock drafts.
In putting together his latest 2015 NFL mock draft, Kadar took a look at 20 mocks and figured out what the consensus was for each team. It should surprise nobody that the 49ers consensus pick was Armstead. 40 percent of the mocks (8 out of 20) had the 49ers picking Armstead. The next closest was Malcom Brown with 3 of the mocks (15 percent), Trae Waynes with 2 (10 percent), and 1 each (5 percent) for Eddie Goldman, Jalen Collins, Kevin White, Marcus Peters, Randy Gregory, Shane Ray and Shaq Thompson.
Kadar had this to say about the Armstead plurality of picks:
As I've explained in previous mock drafts, Armstead makes sense as a natural 3-4 end who could come in as a high upside choice for the 49ers. It's also no surprise that almost all of the choice for the 49ers are on the defensive side of the ball.
There is that upside, but Armstead is still a raw prospect who has a lot of work in front of him. I would not be shocked by the pick, but it remains to be seen what kind of impact the team can expect from Armstead in 2015. It feels like more of a long-game pick, which can sometimes be frustrating for a team with a lot of talent already in place.