Early Impressions of 2015 NFL Draft Picks 16-20

3 of 7

August 1, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Arik Armstead (69) and guard Erik Pears (71) stretch during training camp at Levi

Arik Armstead

The San Francisco 49ers lost defensive end Justin Smith along with a host of others from the front-seven. So to rebuild that front-seven, they signed defensive end Darnell Dockett in free agency and drafted fellow defensive end Arik Armstead No. 17 overall. And Dockett is already comparing him to Calais Campbell, whom played with on the Arizona Cardinals.

he told the 49ers Press Democrat, “Right now he’s [Campbell] in his prime and he’s playing some good football. Arik’s got a better upside. He’s strong, fast, athletic, played basketball and he listens. He’s going to be a dominant force for us. I know at some point in his career he’s going to be a dominant force and he’s going to be terrorizing everything, even in the locker room.

“Don’t get me wrong, Calais Campbell is a dominant football player. But with the training and Uyi, things that Arik has with him now and the first couple years in the league, it’s going to beneficial to him to be very successful. He’s got a nutritionist here. He’s got one of the best strength coaches here.”

Next: Marcus Peters