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Arik Armstead says he fits 3-4 and is not a raw prospect

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The San Francisco 49ers first round pick spoke with the media via conference call. We have a few of his comments.

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The San Francisco 49ers introduced Arik Armstead to the media with a conference call Thursday evening. He will come down to Santa Clara for a formal press conference on Friday, but in the meantime, he had a chance to call in and talk about his situation. The 49ers will likely provide a transcript of the call, but in the meantime, here are a few of his early comments:

One of the negatives listed in most scouting reports has been that he is a raw prospect. I'm not surprised he would disagree with that description. Of course, now he actually has to prove that he can make an impact.

The 49ers will welcome their rookies to town in a couple weeks for their rookie minicamp, and then they join the offseason workout program. Armstead has a lot of work ahead of him. He is saying the right things for now, but we'll see what the coming days, weeks, months and years bring. He will get a lot of opportunities, particularly if Justin Smith retires. The question now is if and how he takes advantage of his opportunities.