The NFC Champions the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft traded up to select LSU strong safety Eric Reid with the No. 18 overall pick, sending the Nos. 31 and 74 overall picks to the Dallas Cowboys.
Known for his great leadership skills and heavy hitter capabilities in 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.
In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Reid talked about what he feels he can bring to the 49ers’ secondary.
“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.”
Reid possesses the size, speed, intelligence and aggressiveness to make an immediate impact at the back-end of 49ers defense. He chalked up 4.5 career tackles for loss and six interceptions in 29 starts with the Tigers.
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