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Five Facts about 49ers CB Keith Reaser

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Leading up to the 2014 season at 49ers.com, we’ll get to know new and intriguing players. We continue our series with San Francisco's recent fifth-round draft pick.


Leading up to the 2014 season at 49ers.com, we’ll get to know new and intriguing players. We continue our series with cornerback Keith Reaser
, whom San Francisco acquired in the NFL Draft's fifth round last month.

1. He wasn't sure where he would be drafted... if at all.

Reaser spoke with the 49ers more than any other team during the lead-up to the draft. The Florida Atlantic cornerback had a formal interview with the team at the NFL Scouting Combine and noticed right away that Jim Harbaugh is a "player's coach." Still, Reaser didn't know what to expect. "With my situation, with my knee, I didn't know what exactly was going to happen," he told 49ers.com. "It was up in the air."

2. He suffered a setback on his injured knee.

Reaser tore his left ACL on Oct. 5 2013, in an FAU game versus the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and had a second surgery on the knee last February because his body was rejecting a graft used in the first operation. He is one of three '14 draft class peers, including fullback Trey Millard (Oklahoma, seventh round) and offensive guard Brandon Thomas (Clemson, third), who are coming off of major knee injuries.

3. He trusts San Francisco's medical and training staffs.

Reaser said that he's often speaking with running back Marcus Lattimore and defensive tackle Tank Carradine, who entered the NFL in 2013 coming off of major knee injuries. Lattimore and Carradine have told him they feel better now than they ever have. As for the plan for Reaser himself, he's likely to spend the bulk or all of the '14 season learning in meetings while being stashed away on the PUP List. "They're being real patient," he said. "There's no rush. I'm just going with the protocol."

4. He is an athlete that's worth waiting for.

Reaser has said his fastest 40-yard dash time is 4.32 seconds. If he had recorded this time at the combine, he would have qualified as the second fastest prospect, behind only Kent State running back Dri Archer, who was picked in the third round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. As for Reaser, he'a also known for his surprising strength. The 5-foot-10 corner did 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

5. He is inspired by Sean Taylor.

Reaser was 16 when Taylor, then a 24-year-old Pro Bowl safety for the Washington Redskins, was killed in his home. While he plays a different position, Reaser told ESPN.com's Bill Williamson that he wants "to make his memory proud." Many are rooting for Reaser to do just that, even if he doesn't make his mark until 2015.
 

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