The San Francisco 49ers have received a new draft pick after trading a few away. The NFL recently released the compensatory selections at the owners meetings, with the 49ers receiving a 3rd-round pick. Though they did not get any lower selection, a third-rounder is quite valuable for a team that already had 5 picks in the top 100. As their new pick is number 100, that number now rises to 6.
Despite the 49ers trading away some picks for players, they still will enter the draft–barring any more trades–with 11 choices. For a team that has made the NFC Championship game three years running, this is impressive. Here is the current pick rundown, thanks to 49ers.com:
1. First round – No. 30 overall
2. Second round – No. 56 overall (from the Kansas City Chiefs)
3. Second round – No. 61 overall
4. Third round – No. 77 overall (from the Tennessee Titans)
5. Third round – No. 94 overall
6. Third round – No. 100 overall (compensatory)
7. Fourth round – No. 129 overall
8. Fifth round – No. 170 overall
9. Seventh round – No. 242 overall (from the New Orleans Saints)
10. Seventh round – No. 243 overall (from the Carolina Panthers)
11. Seventh round – No. 245 overall
Compensatory selections cannot be traded, but nevertheless having a 3rd-rounder gives the 49ers more leeway to trade a second or third round pick, especially as their 3rd-rounder is number 94. Do not be surprised whatsoever if the 49ers trade up to acquire a player Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh deem special, or trade back into the lower first round for a second high quality player, giving the 49ers a chance at both a cornerback and a receiver, or perhaps another position.
The draft will be interesting. It is a shame we still have well over a month to go.