Detroit Lions: 3 Super Bowl LIV players to pursue in free agency

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 08: Chris Jones #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates at the end of the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 08, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 08: Chris Jones #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates at the end of the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 08, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) /
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Arik Armstead #91 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Arik Armstead #91 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

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.

As Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News detailed in his free agency rankings, Arik Armstead could be a valuable player for any team looking for more pass rush.

"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.