The San Francisco 49ers made a splash in the first round of the NFL draft, trading up to pick up safety Eric Reid out of Louisiana State University with the 18th pick in the draft.
Known for his great leadership and heavy hitter skills for the LSU’s defensive secondary, Reid will have an opportunity to make an impact on the 49ers right away after the loss of Dashon Goldson, who left as a free agency to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this off season.
To acquire Reid, the 49ers give up their original first round position (31st pick) and a third round pick that they picked up from the Carolina Panthers at #74.
In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Reid talked about what he feels he can bring to the 49ers’ secondary. He appears as a happy camper.
"I'm a very cerebral player. I pride myself on knowing the defense, on getting guys lined up on the scene, and being a great teammate and doing my job. I'm very fortunate to be on such an incredible defense. I can't wait to get to work."
This is not Reid’s first introduction to 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, however. Harbaugh attempted to recruit Reid out of high school when he was the coach at Stanford. According to the Mercury News, Reid shared the following information:
"I met with coach Harbaugh at the (February scouting) combine. He recruited me coming out high school. He was disappointed for not coming to Stanford and instead going to LSU. The story goes full circle...I was born and raised in Louisiana. I still bleed purple and gold. It was a no-brainer for me to go to LSU....it (Stanford) was the only school that recruited me as hard as LSU did. All the other schools gave up knowing I was an in-state guy. It shows how much he wanted me to go to Stanford and I appreciated it."
By all appearances, Jim Harbaugh got his man. 49ers fans hope that Reid will live up to Harbaugh’s expectations and fill Goldson’s shoes.
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