The defending NFC West and NFC champion 49ers were in the market for a safety after Pro Bowler Dashon Goldson signed with the Buccaneers in free agency. They went shopping in a big way tonight during the first round of the NFL Draft, trading up with Cowboys to the 18th spot and drafting LSU’s Eric Reid.
The 6-foot-1, 213-pound Reid was ranked as the third-best safety in this draft class by NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro went to the Saints at No. 15, prompted the 49ers to trade up from the 31st spot and also included a third-round pick to select Reid. Mayock had Florida’s Matt Elam ranked No. 2 among the safeties.