Another day, another 2015 NFL mock draft sending Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead to the San Francisco 49ers. Wednesday brings Todd McShay's latest mock draft, and he went with Armstead to the 49ers. While it is unlikely we will ever see a majority of picks suggesting Armstead heading into next week, there is at least a plurality for now. In his last mock, McShay had the 49ers drafting Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes.
Here is what McShay had to say about the pick.
This pick is a good marriage of need and value. The 49ers could use an infusion of youth and talent at defensive end regardless of whether or not Justin Smith chooses to retire, and Armstead is the No. 10 player on our board and a perfect fit as a 5-technique defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. He has very good length, power and agility, and he's a good run defender who provides upside as an interior pass-rusher. Cornerback, wide receiver and inside linebacker are also need positions for the Niners.
For those wondering, McShay had four wide receivers and one cornerback going ahead of the 49ers pick. That group included wide receivers Amari Cooper (Raiders), Kevin White (Rams), DeVante Parker (Browns) and Breshad Perriman (Dolphins), and cornerback Trae Waynes (Vikings). The next cornerback off the board was Kevin Johnson at No. 24 to the Cardinals.
One of the more intriguing picks in McShay's mock had Todd Gurley going No. 6 to the New York Jets. Gurley was cleared at the medical re-check late last week. There will always be concerns coming off knee injuries, but his stock is getting a strong boost late in the process. How high do you see Gurley going?
If Armstead does go to the 49ers, how long would it take to sell yourself on the pick? I've seen people mentioning him in the same breath as Kentwan Balmer, so it would seem like some folks will have to sell themselves a little harder than others.