On one hand, former Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead could have easily slipped well below No. 17 in Round 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft where the 49ers selected him.
Yet Trent Baalke traded down from No. 15 overall to make this move, suggesting he was doing all in his power to maximize the value for the then-talented-but-raw defensive lineman.
Armstead had limited impact his rookie year, spending most of the time subbing in as a situational interior rusher in obvious passing downs. His second year could have been prolific, but a nagging shoulder injury limited Armstead to just eight games.
Still, the numbers from these two seasons speak for themselves:
Armstead’s ability versus the pass is a reason San Francisco slotted him in as a starting edge rusher entering 2017, earning him a solid 10th place on our list.