The San Francisco 49ers have officially signed their first-round draft pick in Eric Reid. The 22-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the 49ers, but the financial terms haven’t been disclosed.
Reid was the 18th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft after becoming a standout safety at LSU. In 39 games during his college career, Reid finished with 109 tackles, six interceptions, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. He was just the second LSU safety to be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft.
The 49ers have now signed all of their 11 draft picks from 2013 and Reid is expected to be a key contributor out of the gates. He’s regularly spent time on the 49ers’ first-team defense and he’s continued to impress during offseason workouts.
In 2012, Eric Reid had a breakout year with the Tigers before leaving for the NFL. He finished as an All-American in his final college season and his talent is expected to translate well with the San Francisco 49ers.
Pro Bowl safety Donte Whitner has been with the 49ers since 2011 and he’s quite impressed by Reid’s play so far.
“You see him flying around, hitting people, getting his hands on the football,” Whitner said, according to the team’s website. “We’re eager to see what he can do at the pro level.”
With training camp closing in, Eric Reid has already started adjusting to the NFL and he’s excited to have great players around him.
“I’m on a great team to be a part of being a rookie,” the rookie said. “There’s a ton of guys around here I can learn from. It’s going to set the tone for my whole career. I’m just trying to be a sponge right now and absorb as much information as I can.”
Without a single game under his belt, it looks like Reid is taking the professional game in stride.
Do you think Eric Reid will become a force in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers during his rookie season?
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