The 49ers cut deep into their limited stockpile of picks in the 2023 NFL Draft to acquire Christian McCaffrey before this year’s trade deadline.
Perhaps San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch is taking a page out of one of his rival NFC West general managers, the Los Angeles Rams’ Les Snead, when it comes to how to value picks in the NFL Draft.
Two offseasons ago, Lynch dealt away two first-round picks and a Round 3 pick to the Miami Dolphins to move up to No. 3 overall in the 2021 draft and grab quarterback Trey Lance.
That move essentially mortgaged the future, yet Lynch doubled down again and got rid of what was the final remaining cream of his 2023 draft assets in the blockbuster move on Thursday to acquire All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey from the Carolina Panthers.
Here’s what the Niners had to give up, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
Carolina takes home San Francisco’s second-, third- and fourth-round picks in 2023, as well as a Round 5 selection in 2024 to send the 26-year-old McCaffrey out west.
And the 49ers are hoping McCaffrey’s presence will help spark what’s been a notably lackluster offense under head coach Kyle Shanahan, one that’s averaged a mere shade over 20 points per game en route to a 3-3 record six games into the season.
With those picks now dished out, what selections are left for the Niners in the 2023 NFL Draft?
49ers will have 5 picks in 2023 NFL Draft after Christian McCaffrey trade
As broken down by Niners Wire’s Kyle Madson in the wake of the McCaffrey trade, San Francisco will still own a total of five selections in the 2023 NFL Draft:
- Round 3 (compensatory)
- Round 3 (compensatory)
- Round 5
- Round 7
- Round 7 (from Broncos)
The two third-round selections are in the wake of other teams hiring away minority coaches and assistants, former coordinators Robert Saleh and Mike McDaniel, as well as Martin Mayhew becoming the Washington Commanders’ general manager.
Additionally, the 49ers swapped picks with the Denver Broncos during the preseason in the trade for linebacker Jonas Griffith.
Two additional compensatory selections could also be heading the Niners’ way, although the league won’t announce those until the spring of 2023.
All compensatory picks are towards the end of each round and won’t begin until Round 3 of the NFL Draft, meaning San Francisco won’t be on the clock for a while unless some other blockbuster move is made between now and the 2023 draft.