1. First round, 18th overall: Eric Reid, S, LSU
Reid may very well be the only rookie to start for the 49ers going into the season, and they made a big effort to go up and get him. The Niners moved up from 31st in the first round all the way up to the 18th pick in order to secure Reid, who in my opinion could be the top safety in this entire class. The All-American out of LSU has ideal measurables for the position at 6’1″ 213 pounds, and he displayed excellent athleticism at the scouting combine as well. As a junior, he had 91 tackles, two interceptions, and nine passes broken up for the Tigers, one of the most dominant defenses in all of college football. He replaces Dashon Goldson in the San Francisco secondary, and I think he’s got an even higher ceiling than what Goldson has become. Great pick to start the draft for the Niners, and a good use of some of their extra picks to trade up and get a guy they wanted.