PFC Blogger: Shakeel Khan
The San Francisco 49ers traded up to select their safety whom many considered the second best in this year’s draft (Kenny Vaccaro being the first). Safety Eric Reid has a bright future ahead of him in the National Football League and will fit right into the schemes of Vic Fangio’s defense. However, the San Francisco 49ers are still considering adding more depth to the position. General manager Trent Baalke confirmed that former Green Bay Packer, Charles Woodson, is still being considered to be signed by the team. If the 49ers sign Woodson, that would give Reid another veteran to learn from. Reid already has a mentor in Donte Whitner, who is a hard nosed football player and Woodson (if signed) could help enhance the rookie’s coverage skills. The 49ers need all the coverage help they can get, since the Seattle Seahawks and St. Louis Rams have added some shifty wide receivers (WR Percy Harvin and Rookie Tavon Austin), not to mention they also face a guy named Larry Fitzgerald (who many believe to be the best WR in the NFL). Fitzgerald will now have quarterback Carson Palmer throwing him the ball. It’s given that Palmer doesn’t strike fear into defenses the way Tom Brady does, but we cannot forget the fact that he threw for over 4,000 yards on a shaky Raiders team last season. Palmer is an instant upgrade for Fitzgerald and the duo could pose a few problems for the 49ers’ secondary. It will be interesting to see if San Francisco extends an offer to Woodson. If they do, the next big question would be, who is the starter opposite Whitner – would it be the rookie Reid or the veteran Woodson? That’s a problem most San Francisco fans wouldn’t mind having, considering the improved talent within the NFC West.