The 49ers’ 2022 season is now officially complete with the NFC Championship game loss, meaning it’s time to focus on the 2023 NFL Draft.
Unfortunately, 2023 won’t mark the year in which the San Francisco 49ers own the final pick in Round 1 of the NFL Draft.
Considering the Niners already traded their first-round pick away for this year, it wouldn’t have mattered anyway.
San Francisco fell short of advancing to the Super Bowl, losing 31-7 to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship game. And while there are only two more spots in the draft order to be determined, those going to both Philly and the Kansas City Chiefs, general manager John Lynch and Co. can start warming up the tape of college prospects who are going to be targeted this upcoming spring.
Yet the 49ers won’t have first- or second-round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, thanks to the 2021 trade-up for quarterback Trey Lance and last October’s trade with the Carolina Panthers for All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey, respectively.
That said, the Niners are going to be picking a bunch in Rounds 3, 5 and 7 and could have as many as 11 picks total.
Full list of 49ers picks in 2023 NFL Draft
San Francisco will be idle in the first two rounds of the draft, thanks to the aforementioned trade-ups.
However, Lynch and his staff will have a total of three picks in the third round, all of them compensatory selections as a result of other teams hiring away minority coaches and front-office types into other roles.
- Round 3, No. 99 overall (compensatory)
- Round 3, No. 100 overall (compensatory)
- Round 3, No. 101 overall (compensatory)
- Round 5, No. 157 overall
- Round 5, No. 166 overall (from Dolphins)
- Round 5, No. 173 overall (compensatory)
- Round 6, No. 217 overall
- Round 7, No. 224 overall (from Broncos)
- Round 7, No. 249 overall (compensatory)
- Round 7, No. 255 overall (compensatory)
The Round 3 comp picks result from the hirings of Robert Saleh, Martin Mayhew, Mike McDaniel and, most recently, Ran Carthon to other roles.
And, if defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans departs for a head-coaching role as expected, the 49ers would receive another third-round compensatory selection that isn’t listed here yet.
The fifth-round pick from Miami resulted from the deadline trade of running back Jeff Wilson Jr., while the Niners’ first seventh-round selection stemmed from the 2021 trade of linebacker Jonas Griffith.
Comp picks aren’t going to be officially announced until later this spring, so don’t consider this official just yet.