The 49ers traded up to select Eric Reid (USA Today Sports Images)
The San Francisco 49ers have selected LSU safety Eric Reid with the 18th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
Pros: Big, powerful safety with outstanding range down to linebacker depth, Dynamic tackler. Brings a lot of power to his game as well as a fearless personality.
Cons: Not an optimal pass defender -- more of a box player with some coverage ability in the short to intermediate areas.
What he brings to the team: Physical intimidation. With Dashon Goldson gone to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 49ers needed that same kind of enforcer. Reid provides that, but coverage isn't up to Goldson's level.
Was it the right pick? There are a few safeties I liked better as pure pass defenders in this draft class, but Reid certainly provides the physicality synonymous with this franchise.
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