49ers trade up to select S Reid at No. 18

Instant Analysis: 49ers select Eric Reid

49ers trade up to select S Reid at No. 18
April 25, 2013, 7:15 pm
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I'm living my dream. I'm blessed and very fortunate.
—Eric Reid

The 49ers traded up to the No. 18 overall pick in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys to select LSU safety Eric Reid in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday.

The 49ers traded their first-round pick, No. 31 overall, and their selection in the third round, No. 74, to move up 13 spots to select Reid.

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The 49ers’ next scheduled pick is Friday the second pick of the second round, No. 34 overall. They also have a second-round pick at No. 61.

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Here's a closer look at the selection:

ERIC REID
Position: Safety
School: LSU
Height/weight: 6 foot 1 1/2, 213 pounds
College career: Reid started the final 29 contests of his 39-game career at Louisiana State. He was a two-time All-American. He recorded 199 tackles (109 solos) that included 4.5 stops for losses. He had six interceptions in his three-year career. Reid was a consensus first-team All-American selection. A team captain, he was also two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Scouting report: Reid has excellent size and the ability to make plays on the ball against taller receivers and tight ends. He has good closing speed and range from the middle of the field. He ran a 4.53 in the 40 at the combine.
How he fits: It will be a disappointment if the 49ers did not land a first-year starter with this selection. Dashon Goldson, who made the Pro Bowl in each of the past two seasons, signed a lucrative contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 49ers countered that move with the signing of Craig Dahl, who started every game of the St. Louis Rams last season. The door is wide open for a rookie to team with veteran Donte Whitner as a starting safety.
In his words: "I play like him, I'd say so. We play with some serious contact at LSU, so it's definitely something I have on my resume as a football player."
--Eric Reid, on whether he stacks up to Goldson as a hitter.

From the NFL:

Reid was no stranger on campus when he arrived at Louisiana State to begin classes during the fall semester of 2010. He had visited the university often, as his father, Eric, Sr., was a three-time All-American hurdler for LSU from 1984-87 and is a member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame. His father was the NCAA champion in the 110-meter hurdles as a senior in 1987 and he holds the school record for the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.50 seconds.

That quickness is also some of the physical attributes that Reid, the football player, possesses. Ever since becoming a starter in 2011, scouts have regarded him as one of the best safeties, if not one of the best players in the nation, eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft. He boats similar All- American honors to that of his father, earning that prestigious ranking in each of his final two seasons with the Tigers.

Of all of the record-breaking 10 underclassmen to leave Louisiana State this year, hoping to be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, none will be as sorely missed as Reid, the glue to a secondary unit that ranked with the elite in college football.

During the course of his three seasons at the school, he has seen teammates like Patrick Peterson become the fifth selection in the opening round by Arizona in 2011, followed by Morris Claiborne joining Dallas with the sixth choice of round one in 2012.

That quickness is also some of the physical attributes that Reid, the football player, possesses. Ever since becoming a starter in 2011, scouts have regarded him as one of the best safeties, if not one of the best players in the nation, eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft. He boats similar All- American honors to that of his father, earning that prestigious ranking in each of his final two seasons with the Tigers.

Of all of the record-breaking 10 underclassmen to leave Louisiana State this year, hoping to be selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, none will be as sorely missed as Reid, the glue to a secondary unit that ranked with the elite in college football

During the course of his three seasons at the school, he has seen teammates like Patrick Peterson become the fifth selection in the opening round by Arizona in 2011, followed by Morris Claiborne joining Dallas with the sixth choice of round one in 2012.