The San Francisco 49ers threw a Draft Bash yesterday in San Jose, and they gave the fans what they came to see: a first round pick. Not just any first round pick, either — a pick made after moving up 13 spots. I wasn’t at the Bash so I don’t know how much people cheered when it was announced that the 49ers were on the clock at No. 18 instead of the Dallas Cowboys, but everybody was probably pretty happy — even a columnist from the San Francisco Chronicle whose complaint was noticed by the 49ers’ owner.
We all know the 49ers needed a safety, but why this safety? We know that Reid is tall, rangy and fast, and Ruthless put together some GIFs that show his weaknesses (which can be coached up) and his strengths (which should make him a starter at free safety fairly soon, perhaps by the first week of the season). Let’s try and answer that and a few other questions, shall we?
1. Why did the 49ers move up to No. 18?
After the New Orleans Saints took the top safety on most draft boards in Kenny Vaccaro with the 15th overall pick, the 49ers probably feared a run on safeties would soon occur. The 49ers liked Reid more than every other safety in the draft, including Vaccaro, and Trent Baalke said they had a deal in place with the Cowboys.
“It’s something I was visiting with [Dallas Cowboys chief operation officer/director of player personnel] Stephen Jones about the last couple of days. We had worked out the details really this morning, as to if our guy was there and if they were still willing to move back, we had the parameters worked out. It was really an easy trade on the clock.”
“This was our top-rated safety,” added Jim Harbaugh. Since the 49ers came into the draft with so many picks they didn’t think twice about giving up a late third-rounder to make sure they got their man.
2. Besides Jim Harbaugh trying to get him to come to Stanford, how can we be sure Reid is smart?
First, his mom is a registered nurse. Then again, my mom is also a nurse so I might be biased. Reid also had a 4.46 GPA in high school, which is a tad nauseating but also very, very impressive. I did not register a 4.46 GPA in high school, which I’m sure is a shock to all of you.
3. What does this mean for the DBs currently on the roster?
- Craig Dahl probably won’t start a game this season unless Reid disappoints or gets hurt.
- Drafting Reid probably shuts the door on Chris Culliver moving from cornerback to free safety …
- Which means Nnamdi Asomugha is currently the No. 4 corner and might be the odd man out.
- 2012 sixth round pick Trenton Robinson has a goal: replace Donte Whitner next year.
4. What are the 49ers going to do in day two of the NFL Draft?
They currently have three picks today: two second-rounders (Nos. 34 and 61 overall) and a third (No. 91). The 49ers seem likely to target the best defensive lineman available, a list that includes Tank Carradine, Jesse Williams, Johnathan Hankins, Kawann Short and Margus Hunt. Or they could grab a wide receiver like Justin Hunter (6′ 4″, 4.36 in the 40). Several mock drafts had Johnthan Banks, a 6′ 2″ cornerback from Mississippi State, going to the 49ers at No. 34. But with the Seahawks trading for Percy Harvin and the Rams drafting a very similar player in Tavon Austin, perhaps the 49ers go with a shorter CB like Tyrann Mathieu (although it’s unlikely the 49ers would use pick No. 34 on Mathieu, and one has to wonder if all that interest the 49ers showed in the Honey Badger was to ask him questions about Reid, his old teammate).
5. Did people miss the spoilers?
Absolutely not. Even in the age of news breaking on Twitter regardless of whether the news has been confirmed, I preferred watching the picks and trades get announced on TV. It appeared, based on my timeline anyway, that most fans felt the same way. Jason La Canfora was on his own island, reporting picks before they happened, and it totally backfired when the Raiders were on the clock.
6. Who won the Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria pizza parties?
Congratulations to Marchus Funke and Anthony (who still hasn’t responded yet, so I may need to pick another winner), who both receive 10-person pizza parties from Amici’s. Thanks to all who entered.
7. What’s the best part about the 49ers trading up?
Ann Killion got to go home early, but not before meeting up with Jed York.
Just kidding, the best part was being able to publish a post about the 49ers drafting Reid by 8 pm last night. If the 49ers had waited until No. 31 to make their first pick or (gasp) traded out of the first round, I probably would’ve been writing until at least 10 pm. So I guess for the first time in my life I have to say the following words: “Thank you, Dallas Cowboys.”
Now I feel like I need a shower.