Many do not like the 49ers' secondary, but it has a ton of promise. Tramaine Brock broke out late last year, recording four interceptions and six pass deflections over a period of five games. Chris Culliver has had legal issues, but the 6-foot speedster has flashed tremendous potential. Eric Reid is another promising player, starting strong with a solid rookie year. Jimmie Ward, the 49ers' first-round pick, will move around a bit, as he can play both nickel corner and safety. Antoine Bethea is old, but he will step in and fill the hole left by Donte Whitner.
Of the five players, Brock is the most solid, while Culliver has the most potential, but Reid will be the player in this secondary that will stand up. Brock received a lot of consideration, but he kind of broke out late last year.
Reid, the 49ers' first-round pick of the 2013 draft, will be the player that steps up as the leader of the secondary. In his rookie year, he was impressive to say the least, doing well in every aspect of the game. The 49ers drafted him to replace Dashon Goldson, and he did just that, recording four picks and 11 pass deflections. Reid, with his combination of size and athleticism, will be able to build off of a strong year. He played both deep and in the box, showing his versatility, which will allow other versatile players, like Jimmie Ward, to play wherever the coaches feel is necessary.
Reid played so well last year that people may not consider him a breakout candidate if he plays well this year. He will not just play well, though, he will play like a top-ten safety!