Without a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the 49ers nevertheless have plenty of ammunition to strike gold in this year’s talented class.
Many San Francisco 49ers fans probably aren’t going to be paying as much attention to the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, if for no other reason than the Niners already spent their first-round pick this year as part of the package used to move up in last year’s draft to grab quarterback Trey Lance.
No, San Francisco will have to wait until Round 2 before general manager John Lynch makes his first selection, and that isn’t poised to take place until late in the round anyway.
Given the 49ers made it to the NFC Championship game last season.
At any rate, Niner Noise’s 2022 NFL Draft tracker breaks down all that you’ll need to know when Round 1 officially kicks off in late April.
How many total picks are in the 2022 NFL Draft?
There will be 262 total picks in the 2022 draft, and the Niners actually own the final pick, which will take place at the tail end of Round 7 and will forever associate the player selected with the ominous title, “Mr. Irrelevant.”
How much time between picks in each round of the 2022 NFL Draft?
Round 1 typically takes the longest, as teams view this as the most impactful of all prospects selected. For first-round selections, teams are allocated 10 minutes to make their selections, the time dropping down to seven minutes in Round 2.
From Rounds 3 through 6, teams have five minutes to make their selections, while Round 7 picks must take no more than four minutes to make.
What are compensatory picks in the NFL Draft?
The NFL uses a complex and not-released formula to award “bonus” picks to teams that go through a net loss of qualifying players via free agency. Over the Cap has an excellent breakdown on how this all works, but it’s not the only way teams can be awarded compensatory selections.
Case in point, San Francisco was awarded two Round 3 comp picks this year for developing minority-hire candidates, one of which will be sent off to the Miami Dolphins as part of the Lance deal a year ago.
With that one gone, the 49ers still retain four compensatory selections, one in Round 3, two in Round 6 and one in Round 7, the final pick in the draft.
What NFL team has the most picks in the 2022 NFL Draft?
Both the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs have 12 NFL Draft picks apiece.
What are undrafted free agents (UDFAs) and when can they be signed?
More prospects declare for the NFL Draft than selections available to draft them, meaning there will be a slew of players who go undrafted over the course of all seven rounds.
Once the draft concludes, these players are free to sign with any team willing to extend an offer, although undrafted free-agent contracts are usually low-cost deals.
Still, there’s usually a flurry of UDFA deals in the immediate aftermath of the draft’s conclusion.
How many picks do the 49ers have in the 2022 NFL Draft?
Despite not having a first-round pick and sending away one of those two third-round compensatory selections, the Niners still have nine selections in this year’s draft.
San Francisco might still actively trade some of its picks (or players for picks) between now and when the actual selections are made.
So, you’ll want to bookmark this page and refer back to it regularly for updates throughout the 2022 draft.
San Francisco 49ers 2022 NFL Draft picks
- Round 1: none
- Round 2: No. 61 overall
- Round 3: No. 93 overall
- Round 3: No. 105 overall (compensatory)
- Round 4: No. 134 overall
- Round 5: No. 172 overall
- Round 6: No. 187 overall (from Broncos)
- Round 6: No. 220 overall (compensatory)
- Round 6: No. 221 overall (compensatory)
- Round 7: No. 262 overall (compensatory)
How to watch the 2022 NFL Draft
The 2022 NFL Draft officially kicks off on Thursday, April 28 from Paradise, Nevada, and it will go through Saturday, April 30.
- Day 1 (Round 1) — Thursday, April 28 at 8 p.m. ET
- Day 2 (Rounds 2 and 3) — Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. ET
- Day 3 (Rounds 4 through 7) — Saturday, April 30 at 12 p.m. ET
ABC, ESPN and NFL Network will broadcast live television coverage of the draft, while fans wishing to stream the event should check out fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial for first-time users.