49ers trade up for Reid

The 49ers traded up to No. 18 overall to address perhaps their biggest need, adding LSU safety Eric Reid.

The San Francisco 49ers found their safety of the future.

When all-pro safety Dashon Goldson left San Francisco, he left a glaring need in the back end of the 49ers' secondary. In turn, Trent Baalke elected to use two of his 13 picks to trade up to No. 18 overall to select the hard-hitting Eric Reid from LSU.

San Francisco sent their first and third-round picks, No. 31 and No. 74-overall, to Dallas to jump up 13 spots to get their target player.

Reid addresses the team's most prominent need and will have the opportunity to start from the day he arrives in Santa Clara.

A three-year player for the Tigers, Reid made 109 solo tackles and six interceptions. At 6-foot-1 and 213 pounds, he possesses good size and the ability to play either safety position, making him a good fit for the team's versatile defense.

In his junior season, Reid earned All-American and first-team All-SEC honors. He was third on the team 81 tackles and added a pair of interceptions and six pass breakups.

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