With the exception of the Peyton Manning courtship and former starting right guard Adam Snyder signing with Arizona, the 2012 free agency period has been kind to the San Francisco 49ers. The top free agent targets to bring back from the 49ers 2011 roster (Ahmad Brooks, Carlos Rogers, Dashson Goldson, Alex Smith) have re-upped with the team. One area you can say the 49ers missed out on this off-season is not being awarded any compensatory draft picks by the NFL for losing out on free agents to other teams. 15 teams did receive compensatory draft picks with the Jets, Browns and Packers tied for the most with four each. What allows a team to receive a compensatory draft pick can be confusing. Here is the NFL explanation on the process:
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices announced today will supplement the 221 choices in the seven rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft (April 26-28). Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.
This can be looked at as good news for the 49ers because they did not lose any key contributors heading into the 2011 season. The 2012 compensatory draft picks are awarded based who teams signed and lost during the 2011 free agency period. The 49ers are not losing out on much by not receiving any compensatory draft picks. The picks cannot be traded and this year they will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost. Rarely do teams turn the pick into a player who can contribute. In last year’s draft the 49ers selected offensive lineman Mike Person and cornerback Curtis Holcomb in the seventh round. Both players were not active for any games last season. There is one recent compensatory draft pick who Niner fans are well aware of,
punt returner wide receiver Kyle Williams. Williams was selected in the sixth-round, 206th overall, of the 2010 draft.
The San Francisco 49ers have the 30th pick in rounds one through seven of the 2012 NFL draft.