After a NFC championship appearance a couple years back followed by a Super Bowl appearance last season, it’s fair to say the San Francisco 49ers are in great shape. They are a complete team with great players in every area that bring it to the table each game. Nevertheless, the organization is in good hands with an outstanding head coach, Jim Harbaugh, who initially was the one to bring this team to the next level.
The 49ers are certainly set in virtually every position. The organization drafted players to fulfill future needs, which was extremely wise of them. It’s inevitable that players are going to come and go; the same team is not going to be kept forever.
However, there is one player in particular that will see a significant amount of playing time next year. In matter of fact, he’ll most likely be a starter as a rookie. This is safety Eric Reid out of LSU who was the San Francisco 49ers first pick in the draft at number 18 overall.
With the departure of hard-hitting safety Dashon Goldson, San Francisco knew they needed to replace him with another quality player. Goldson was a guy who was known for his aggressive play and outstanding tackling ability, not to mention that he was solid in coverage as well. He fit the 49ers persona perfectly, as the 49ers are known as a tough, energized, hard-hitting football team.
Reid is similar to Dashon Goldson in many ways. The similarity that stands out the most is the fact that Reid is incredibly aggressive like the two time pro bowler Goldson. He is one to make a huge hit and get the crowd involved and energized, something Goldson is fairly familiar with to say the least.
The youngster started all 13 games at safety as a Tiger, was named permanent team captain in vote of teammates, finished third on team in tackles with 91 (42 solo), and added a tackle for loss, two interceptions and seven pass breakups. Besides the fact that he can lay the wood on you, he was terrific in coverage too.
This was a brilliant pick by San Francisco, and I strongly believe Reid will become a terrific player under such a coaching staff. Expect Reid to be your new starting safety, Niner fans.