San Francisco 49ers first-round draft pick, safety Eric Reid, was named to the All-Rookie team by the Pro Football Writers of America. All season, Reid has played tremendously well for the Niners defense and he has shown they were correct in trading up in the first-round to draft him with the 18th overall pick.
Reid was selected by general manager Trent Baalke to replace former safety Dashon Goldson, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the off-season. In the preseason, Reid won the starting job after competing with veteran safety Craig Dahl. His exploits on the field this season have made the 49ers Faithful forget about losing Goldson via free agency.
In the opening game of the regular-season, Reid recorded his first interception of his NFL career, to go along with seven tackles and one pass defensed. He followed up that performance in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks with another interception. All totaled, the starting free safety finished with 77 tackles and four interceptions this season.
Here is the 2013 Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team:
QB – Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TE – Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
C – Travis Frederick, Dallas Cowboys
T – D.J. Fluker, San Diego Chargers; Justin Pugh, New York Giants
S – Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers; Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans Saints
PK – Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins
P – Sam Martin, Detroit Lions
KR – Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings
PR – Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams
ST – Don Jones, Miami Dolphins