It was expected the 49ers would trade up in the first round, and when they officially did they got their likely replacement for Dashon Goldson.
The 49ers selected LSU free safety Eric Reed with the 18th overall pick, which they acquired from the Cowboys for the 31st and 74th overall selections in this year’s draft.
The Niners could have also used the pick to add to the defensive line’s depth. Sharrif Floyd, whose name has been said maybe once or twice around these parts when discussing the Raiders, was still available at 18.
But Trent Baalke decided to fill the more glaring need, which came about after Tampa Bay’s checkbook lured Goldson away in free agency this offseason.
San Francisco already signed Craig Dahl at free safety, but by no means did he have the starting gig locked down. When the Rams didn’t bother re-signing you, you aren’t a shoe in to start elsewhere.
Here’s more on what Reid brings to the Niners, via Pro Football Talk:
Reid has the size/speed mix that teams are looking for in safeties in an age when tight ends move like wide receivers. Reid uses that size and speed to lay some serious hits on ball carriers, which should make him right at home alongside Donte Whitner in the 49ers secondary. We’ll see if Reid’s arrival ends the chance that Charles Woodson winds up in San Francisco.