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Arik Armstead (born November 15, 1993) is an American football defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oregon.

Arik Armstead
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Arik Armstead in 2018
No. 91 – San Francisco 49ers
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1993-11-15) November 15, 1993 (age 25)
Sacramento, California
Height:6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight:290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school:Pleasant Grove
(Elk Grove, California)
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 17
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 10, 2019
Total tackles:129
Forced fumbles:3
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Armstead attended Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, California.[1] During his high school career. he had 126 tackles and 7.5 sacks. Armstead was a four-star recruit by and sixth best defensive end in his class.[2] He originally committed to the University of Southern California (USC) to play college football but changed to the University of Oregon.[3][4] He also played basketball in high school.

College careerEdit

Armstead played in all 13 games as a true freshman in 2012, making one start. He finished the 2012 season with 26 tackles and a half-sack. During the spring he joined the Ducks basketball team, where he redshirted his first year. Armstead played in 13 games as a sophomore in 2013, recording 15 tackles and one sack. During the spring he re-joined the basketball team. He played in one game, before quitting to focus on football.[5][6][7] Armstead returned to the football team his junior season in 2014.[8][9]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 7 18 in
(2.01 m)
292 lb
(132 kg)
33 in
(0.84 m)
10 12 in
(0.27 m)
5.10 s 1.75 s 2.92 s 4.53 s 7.57 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
24 reps 26
All values from NFL Combine[10]


The San Francisco 49ers selected Armstead in the first round (17th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft.[11] He was the fourth defensive end selected in 2015. The San Francisco 49ers selected his Oregon teammate and fellow defensive end DeForest Buckner in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft and another PAC-12 defensive end, Solomon Thomas in the first round (third overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Armstead was unable to attend training camp and organized team activities until Oregon's school year had concluded due to the NFL's policy that prohibits rookies joining teams until their year is officially completed. Upon arrival, he was competing for the job as the starting defensive end against Quinton Dial, Darnell Dockett, Glenn Dorsey, and Tank Carradine after it was left vacant due to the retirement of Justin Smith.[12] Head coach Jim Tomsula named him the fifth defensive end on the depth chart to begin the regular season, behind Quinton Dial, Glenn Dorsey, Tank Carradine, and Tony Jerod-Eddie.[13]

He made his professional regular season debut in the San Francisco 49ers' season-opening 20-3 victory against the Minnesota Vikings. On September 27, 2015, Armstead recorded three combined tackles and made his first career sack on quarterback Carson Palmer for a four-yard loss during a 47-7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. In Week 11, he collected a season-high six combined tackles in the Cardinals' 29-13 loss at the Seattle Seahawks. On January 3, 2016, Armstead earned his first career start and made one solo tackle during a 19-16 victory over the St. Louis Rams.[14] He finished his rookie season in 2015 with 19 combined tackles (14 solo) and two sacks in 16 games and one start.[15]

The San Francisco 49ers finished fourth in the NFC West with a 5-11 record and head coach Jim Tomsula and defensive coordinator Eric Mangini were fired at the end of the season.


The San Francisco 49ers hired Chip Kelly as their new head coach and who was previously Armstead's head coach at Oregon.[16] He competed to be the starting defensive end after Glenn Dorsey was moved to nose tackle. Armstead competed against DeForest Buckner and Quinton Dial. Kelly named Armstead and Dial the starting defensive ends for Week 1.[17]

On November 8, 2016, the 49ers placed Armstead on injured reserve with a left shoulder injury.[18] On November 15, 2016, he had surgery to repair the injured shoulder.[19] Armstead finished the 2016 season with 15 combined tackles (nine solo) and 2.5 sacks in eight games and eight starts.[15]


On October 17, 2017, Armstead was placed on injured reserve after suffering a broken hand in Week 6.[20] He finished his third season with 16 combined tackles (eight solo), 1.5 sacks, and a pass deflection in six games.[15]


On April 30, 2018, the 49ers picked up the fifth-year option on Armstead's contract.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Armstead's brother, Armond Armstead, played college football at USC and in the Canadian Football League.[22]


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  3. ^ "Oregon Ducks blue chip recruit Arik Armstead to bring rare two-sport prowess to Eugene (video)".
  4. ^ "Arik Armstead To Oregon: Five-Star Lineman Declares For Ducks". January 30, 2012 – via Huff Post.
  5. ^ "Oregon basketball: Denied a larger role, Arik Armstead chose to focus on football".
  6. ^ "Oregon basketball: Arik Armstead leaves Ducks basketball team to focus on football".
  7. ^ Oregon Ducks defensive end Arik Armstead bigger, stronger, more focused Archived December 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Arik Armstead dreams big: Inside the Oregon Ducks lineman's attempt to fulfill big expectations".
  9. ^ Register-Guard, Ryan Thorburn Eugene. "Armstead dedicates, delivers for Ducks".
  10. ^ "Arik Armstead - DT - Oregon - NFL Combine Results".
  11. ^ Emerick, Tyler (April 30, 2015). "San Francisco 49ers Draft Oregon DT Arik Armstead". Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  12. ^ Cohn, Grant (July 7, 2015). "49ers: Defensive Position-by-Position Breakdown and Depth-Chart Analysis". Retrieved February 24, 2018.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "San Francisco 49ers Release Depth Chart for Week 1". September 9, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  14. ^ "NFL Player stats: Arik Armstead (2015)". Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  15. ^ a b c "NFL Player stats: Arik Armstead (career)". Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  16. ^ "Full list of Chip Kelly's 49ers coaching staff". January 27, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  17. ^ "49ers release first regular season depth chart of 2016". September 6, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  18. ^ "49ers Place Arik Armstead on Injured Reserve, Claim DT Chris Jones". November 8, 2016.
  19. ^ "49ers: Source says Arik Armstead will be ready for offseason". November 15, 2016.
  20. ^ "49ers Announce a Pair of Roster Moves". October 17, 2017.
  21. ^ Alper, Josh (April 30, 2018). "Arik Armstead gets 2019 option picked up".
  22. ^ "Patriots Notebook: Armond's lost career fuel for Arik Armstead".

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