Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Eric Reid (LSU) holds daughter LeiLani Reid as he is introduced by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the number eighteen overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 4/26: Harbaugh Gets His Guy, McKenzie Attaches Reputation to Hayden


49ers’ Harbaugh Finally Gets his Guy in NFL Draft

These were flashbacks from several years ago, when Harbaugh, as Stanford coach, got to know the parents while trying to lure the top-rated player in Louisiana (Eric Reid) to play for him on the West Coast.

Reid turned down Harbaugh back then, staying home for LSU.

But now he’s going to be playing for Harbaugh on the West Coast, after all. The 49ers moved up 13 slots in the first round to make sure this would happen.

- Jarrett Bell, USA Today Sports

Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie Attaches his Reputation to D.J. Hayden

McKenzie entered the draft holding the No. 3 overall pick. With a need for defensive tackles, it was presumed he would take Florida’s Sharrif Floyd, or perhaps Utah’s Star Lotutelei. Either that, or find a trade partner and move down.

That’s what McKenzie did. He sent the third pick to the Dolphins, in return for Miami’s first pick (12th overall) and second pick (42nd). McKenzie was prepared to take Hayden at No. 3 and brace for the critics. Taking Hayden at No. 12 was an easy call.

“We targeted him,” McKenzie said. “To pick up an extra pick was a bonus.”

- Monte Poole, San Jose Mercury News

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors Hitting Nothing But Net

Golden State hit 64.6% of their shots from the field on Tuesday, the fourth-best mark among the 733 playoff single-game performances by teams that scored at least 110 points in a game. It hit 14 of 25 three-pointers, or 56% — the fifth-best percentage form behind the arc for a team taking at least 25 three-pointers and also scoring at least 110 points in a playoff game. And the Warriors hit 68.5% of their two-point field-goal attempts, the fourth-best mark among the 733 playoff teams scoring 110 points or more.

- Carl Bialik, Wall Street Journal

 

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