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John Lynch offers details on 49ers defensive end plans

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The 49ers have Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas, and then need to figure out what’s next.

The San Francisco 49ers have question marks in their pass rush, and they have plenty to consider heading into the 2018 NFL Draft. General manager John Lynch took some time on Monday to discuss the team’s edge rusher situation, and how the team plans on utilizing some of their bigger names.

Right now, the plan is to line up Arik Armstead at the “big end” position on base downs, a year after they tried to work him into the LEO end position. Second-year defensive lineman Solomon Thomas will get LEO work in the base defense, but move to “big end” on passing downs.

Naturally, Lynch expressed confidence in the team’s many other pass rush options. The depth chart currently includes Cassius Marsh, Jerry Attaochu, Eli Harold, and Pita Taumoepenu all competing for opportunities in the pass rush. The big question is if they’ll invest the No. 9 pick in Harold Landry or Marcus Davenport, or if they’re willing to wait and invest later in the pass rush.