Instant Analysis: 49ers select Eric Reid
SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh recruited safety Eric Reid when he was at Stanford. Reid went to LSU, where he became a two-time All-America selection and a member of the Southeastern Conference academic honor roll.
This time, Harbaugh landed Reid as the No. 18 overall pick of the 49ers.
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"Unanimous decision that Eric Reid was our pick," Harbaugh said on the team website.
"According to his mother, who is a very honest person, she said this is where she wanted to see Eric and this is where Eric wanted to be. . . Wonderful, wonderful, very happy about it."
Reid was one of 23 top prospects to attend the NFL draft in New York.
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The 49ers traded their first-round pick (No. 31 overall) and a third-round selection (No. 74) to move up 13 spots to select Reid. He is expected to be the 49ers' starting safety. Dashon Goldson, a Pro Bowl selection the past two seasons, left to sign a lucrative contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent.
"We have excellent football players on our roster that have been working extremely hard," Harbaugh said. "But there's no question there's quite a bit of competition at the safety position."
Pro Bowl safety Donte Whitner returns at one safety position. Other safeties on the 49ers' roster with NFL experience are Craig Dahl, C.J. Spillman, Trenton Robinson and Darcel McBath.