Originally posted by GEEK:
Reid excelled in 2011 with strong talent around him in the secondary. Once those prospects left for the NFL and the Honey Badger did his thing, it exposed Reid quite a bit.
That being said, Dashon Goldson really started developing into an "elite" free safety once we had stability in the secondary and front 7.
I think the 49ers logical approach is that Reid can thrive in his 1st year at the NFL level on a team with stability at nearly every position from the previous year. Once he learns the nuances of the game, the expectation is to become better and better each of the next couple of seasons...similar to Dashon's development.
Its real hard for one player to cover the whole field when you have two starting CBs that are freshman, and a SS that was a 1st year starting Soph. In the SEC.
Reid will be placed with nothing but playmakers around him in our D. He will take some learning curves. But will be fine IMO