Arik Armstead, Defensive End, San Francisco 49ers
What helped the 49ers reach the Super Bowl is that their defense can get pressure without blitzing, as their four-man rush is good enough to make even the most poised quarterbacks panic.
While Nick Bosa and Dee Ford have drawn a lot of attention from the media this week, one defensive lineman has flown a bit under the radar, perhaps because he’s the only starting defensive lineman who wasn’t a top-5 draft pick.
"The 2015 first-rounder from Oregon finally busted out big time with his massive frame (6-7, 290 pounds) with 10 sacks in Robert Saleh’s 4-3, or one more than the total of his previous four seasons. He’s probably still more of a solid complementary pass rusher than transcendent one."
The Niners are going to have to pay all of those pass rushers eventually, so they may have to part ways with the former Oregon Duck, who can give the Lions a defensive playmaker they can build around.