The 49ers have an abundance of draft picks. Too many, actually, as they can’t afford to pay all of them. No really.
In total through trades and compensatory picks, the Niners had accumulated 15 picks. That meant a trade up at some point to address a key need was nearly inevitable. And when it happened, that name on the other end of that trade was Eric Reid.
The 49ers dealt their 31st overall pick in the first round and their 74th overall pick (third round) to the Cowboys for the 16th pick. That sizable 15-slot jump was the price paid to replace Dashon Goldson, who left for Tampa during free agency.
With Kenny Vaccaro off the board (to the Saints at 15th), Reid was then deemed the second best safety, which is mildly surprising with Jonathan Cyprien still available. But this draft has now rendered me incapable of being surprised at anything ever again.
Reid has his deficiencies. Here’s what Alen Dumonjic observed after watching his tape:
He’s very aggressive while attacking the opposition, but sometimes doesn’t know when and when not to take a risk. He reads the game at his own pace, often slow to react to a thrown ball, thus leaving his teammates hanging out to dry on an island. He tends to be a few degrees short of a right angle, which is going to be problematic in the pros.