The San Francisco 49ers have locked up all their draft picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, an impressive feat.
That was accomplished on Friday, when first-round selection Eric Reid signed a five-year deal with the team, announcing it on Instagram.
Reid, a safety out of LSU, was drafted with the 18th overall pick after the 49ers traded up 13 spots from pick No. 31.
“Reid is a fantastic downhill athlete with quick read-and-react ability to attack the play with steam spurting from his ears,” says a CBSSports scouting report. “He might be the explosive hitter from the safety position in the 2013 draft, closing with the speed and physicality of a linebacker rather than a defensive back.”
The 49ers are looking for a big rookie campaign from Reid, who is expected to take over Dashon Goldson’s role. Goldson, their former star safety, bolted for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during free agency.
However, everything is a learning process, and Reid found out quickly that the playbook was not easy to memorize.
“Every day we’re installing new plays, so sometimes it’s hard to remember something new and fresh and have to do it perfectly on the field,” he told reporters last month. “There have been a couple of times where I was like, ‘Man, I was wrong on that one,’ but Coach comes up to me and tells me what I’ve got to do to fix it, and you’ve got to do it right the next time.”
Reid, Donte Whitner, and Craig Dahl have been sharing time with the first-string defense during offseason practice sessions.