Sacramento’s Arik Armstead is embraced Thursday by cousin Kemora Havens after he was taken with the 17th pick in the NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Friends and family of the former Pleasant Grove and Oregon defensive lineman had gathered to celebrate his selection at the Falls Event Center in Elk Grove. The 49ers originally had the 15th pick but moved back two slots with the San Diego Chargers to take the 6-foot-8, 292-pound Armstead. Former Grant High standout Shaq Thompson, who went on to star for three seasons at Washington, was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 25th overall pick.
Sacramento’s Arik Armstead is embraced Thursday by cousin Kemora Havens after he was taken with the 17th pick in the NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Friends and family of the former Pleasant Grove and Oregon defensive lineman had gathered to celebrate his selection at the Falls Event Center in Elk Grove. The 49ers originally had the 15th pick but moved back two slots with the San Diego Chargers to take the 6-foot-8, 292-pound Armstead. Former Grant High standout Shaq Thompson, who went on to star for three seasons at Washington, was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 25th overall pick. José Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com
Sacramento’s Arik Armstead is embraced Thursday by cousin Kemora Havens after he was taken with the 17th pick in the NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Friends and family of the former Pleasant Grove and Oregon defensive lineman had gathered to celebrate his selection at the Falls Event Center in Elk Grove. The 49ers originally had the 15th pick but moved back two slots with the San Diego Chargers to take the 6-foot-8, 292-pound Armstead. Former Grant High standout Shaq Thompson, who went on to star for three seasons at Washington, was selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 25th overall pick. José Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com
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On the 49ers: Arik Armstead’s a project, but one the team is eager to take on

April 30, 2015 9:25 PM

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Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at mbarrows@sacbee.com.
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