After trading with the Dallas Cowboys for the No. 18 pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected LSU safety Eric Reid.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora had confirmation of the deal:
League confirms that it was in fact a swap of 1st rnd picks for Dallas and SF, with the Cowboys also picking up #74 in 3rd round— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 26, 2013
The Niners came into the draft with the firepower (read: tons of picks) to move up and down in the draft, and they were able to quickly address one of their biggest needs by making this deal.
Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson left for Tampa Bay via free agency, and while the 49ers brought in veteran Craig Dahl for depth, it was widely assumed he wouldn't step in as the starter.
Many believed the 49ers would be able to grab Reid at their original pick at No. 31 as Goldson's replacement, but the Niners must have known something we didn't, as they were seemingly forced to trade up to get their guy.
The 6'1", 213-pound Reid recorded 91 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass deflections last year as a junior with the Tigers. He's an explosive, aggressive hitter who can deliver bone-jarring hits, and he serves as an ideal fit in San Francisco's physical defense.
This was a good deal for...
Not a bad start to the draft for the defending NFC champions.
The Cowboys, meanwhile, aren't a team with a bunch of glaring holes, but defensive tackle Shariff Floyd—who was in the midst of a major slide—looked like a potential option at that spot.
Nevertheless, Jerry Jones and Co. decided to move back 13 spots and get a third-round pick for their troubles in a move that will likely be heavily criticized.