2013 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers Trade Up and Select Safety Eric Reid

By Lance Cartelli

The San Francisco 49ers traded up to the 18th selection in the first round of the NFL Draft with the Dallas Cowboys to select safety Eric Reid out of LSU.

The rumors before the draft were that the 49ers were looking to trade up to get an impact defensive lineman or Tavon Austin, but 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke decided to fill the biggest need on the roster at free safety.

With an abundance of picks in the Draft (13), San Francisco only gave up a third round pick (74th overall)  and swapped first rounders with the Cowboys. Draft pundits believe the best part of the draft is the early-to-middle rounds and the 49ers kept both their second round picks.

After losing former starting safety Dashon Goldson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Niners had an immediate hole at safety and he will be asked to compete for a starting position with newly signed Craig Dahl and CJ Spillman.

Reid comes off a down year at LSU, but was still a top-20 pick and the second safety taken in the NFL Draft.

Baalke and the 49ers love drafting players from big schools and love the SEC conference and Reid furthers that connection.

The San Francisco 49ers still hold the 34th overall pick (2nd pick in the second round) and an extra second and now one third. With eleven picks left in the NFL Draft, expect the 49ers to stay active and trade many of those picks as their roster has few holes.

San Francisco still needs defensive line, wide receiver, and tight end depth.

For more information on Eric Reid check out his 2013 NFL Draft Profile here!


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