After breaking out for 10 sacks to lead the 49ers, Arik Armstead inked a five-year, $85 million contract extension with San Francisco this offseason. Hours later, he saw the team trade one of his best friends and fellow defensive lineman, DeForest Buckner, to the Indianapolis Colts.
Armstead and the rest of the D-line surely will miss Buckner's presence, but general manager Jon Lynch did do his best to replace him on the field by drafting Javon Kinlaw with the No. 14 overall pick in the draft.
So far, Armstead has loved what he's seen from Kinlaw's game film.
"From what I've seen, he's super talented," Armstead said Wednesday on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football." "Big, strong, fast. He can do a lot out there on the field, and I expect him to come out there and help us a lot from Day 1."
It's unfair to expect Kinlaw to replace Buckner's production from the first day he puts on a 49ers jersey. He certainly has the talent to be an impact rookie, though.
Talent can only take you so far, and Kinlaw will need the guidance of veterans. Armstead, a former first-round pick himself, is entering his sixth season and will do what he can to get Kinlaw ready for the next level.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to bring him along and get him up to speed as quick as we can so he can go out there and make some plays to help us win," Armstead said.
For Armstead to continue growing into a star, he knows Kinlaw can only help wreak havoc on the opposing offense.
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