Soon after the San Francisco 49ers make their first pick in next week’s NFL Draft, league experts will start giving their analysis.
Not all of it will prove to be true.
Looking back on the 49ers selection of safety
Reid, whom general manager Trent Baalke traded up 13 spots to grab on April 25, 2013, enjoyed a strong rookie season. The LSU product started in place of departed free agent Dashon Goldon from Week 1 forward, overcoming two concussions and compiling six turnovers (four interceptions and two fumble recoveries) on his way to the Pro Bowl.
Let’s look back at what was said in the minutes and hours after he became a 49er.
NFL Media's Mike Mayock: “This kid is a big physical safety with great movement skills. Not a consistent tackler. I wasn’t wild about his bowl game against Clemson. But this kid can flat out play. He will be a wonderful complement to Donte Whiter.”
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.: “He's a kid they really like, and I'd pencil him in as the starter, I just thought he wasn't as good as maybe five other safeties that went after him. But you have the picks, you get who you want. And if Reid plays like he did in 2011, not 2012, they got a player.”
ProFootballTalk’s Curtis Crabtree: “The 49ers had one major pressing need to fill heading into the draft at the safety position and got the player they wanted with their first selection. Reid should be expected to start from day one alongside Donte Whitner.”
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks: “With size, speed and athleticism comparable to the recently departed Dashon Goldson, Reid might be the perfect replacement.”
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat’s Lowell Cohn: “The 49ers just got themselves a starter in an area of need. And they were aggressive and they were creative. Good for them and good for Baalke.”
SFGate.com’s Kevin Lynch: “He has the requisite size at 6-foot-1, 213 lbs, and he’s a physical player. He can also cover tight ends and had a clutch interception to beat Alabama in 2011. How well does hit? He once jarred the ball loose from 'Bama running back Trent Richardson. He also has the smarts to play the position, made the calls for the LSU defense, and he’s a high-character guy. However, at times, Reid can get lost in coverage and take bad angles. He doesn’t have the speed to keep up with receivers on the outside but won’t be asked to do that often, if ever.”
The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows: “Reid stands out for his size and his reputation as a big hitter. Free-agent pickup
USA Today Sports’ Nate Davis: “It's a great scenario for Reid, who merely has to play within himself on one of the league's toughest defenses.”
CBSSports.com’s Rob Rang: “Tampa Bay paid big money to ex-49ers safety Dashon Goldson, but Eric Reid's speed, explosiveness and ball skills might make him an upgrade.”
Jim Harbaugh via 49ers.com’s Taylor Price: “He’s a hard-hitting tackler and can play the deep part of the field really well… The whole body of work has been outstanding. He played big in big games… He’s a top-shelf guy.”
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