The San Francisco 49ers continued their run of surprising people in the first round of the NFL Draft, as they selected LSU safety Eric Reid. Some fans are concerned that Reid could be a better fit at strong safety, but it seems like he has the speed and athleticism to potentially work his way into a quality free safety option. He will have to do plenty of work with secondary coach Ed Donatell, but I am fine having faith in the 49ers coaching staff.
There are plenty of scouting reports out there. In the last post I mentioned Tre9er's scouting report. One of the most extensive I've seen is at our Cowboys blog. Additionally, SB Nation's Dan Kadar was able to provide a few quick thoughts on Reid:
Reid's play in the back half of the secondary is based on his aggressiveness. That's for good and bad. Reid can be an imposing presence in the secondary with the size and speed to make big plays. The knock is that he can also overrun himself out of the play. It's imperative that Reid become a little more disciplined. At this point, he's better at playing downfield and getting after the run. Purely in pass coverage, Reid can struggle to flip his hips open and run with pass catchers. But Reid has good size to cover tight ends, and can especially be a factor in zone when the play is in front of him.
We've also got some highlight videos from YouTube. Here are a couple of them:
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