San Francisco 49ers: Who could make their first Pro Bowl in 2020?

Fred Warner #54 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers, Arik Armstead
Arik Armstead, San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

No. 3: 49ers Defensive Lineman Arik Armstead

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead began his career a bit slower than many expected. The first four seasons for the 2015 first-round selection of the 49ers were mostly forgettable. But in his fifth season, he really shined for San Francisco.

In 2019 Armstead had his breakout year, logging 10 sacks, his first season with double-digit sacks. His sacks numbers led the team as well in that category.

The acquisition of edge rusher Dee Ford likely helped Armstead achieve these numbers. Ford would enter games in pass-rush situations at the defensive end spot allowing Armstead to slide inside where he was a more potent pass-rusher.

The acquisition of defensive line coach Kris Kocurek also possibly attributed to the breakout of Armstead, as he put him in situations to make him successful.

A number of pieces falling into place can all attribute to the great season Armstead had. But ultimately his own work ethic and perseverance should be considered above all else. Many including members of the media had counted him out, but he didn’t give up on himself and he ultimately proved all the naysayers wrong.

Now the longest-tenured defensive lineman on the 49ers, and with the departure of defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, Armstead should have a great chance to up his sack numbers in 2020. If he can do that he will have an excellent shot at making the Pro Bowl.