The San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to have a total of nine picks in this year’s NFL draft. Five of those picks are originally theirs but will be alternating with the Miami Dolphins at the 14th and 15th selection of each of the first six rounds–with the only exception being the fourth-round as they traded away that pick to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for WR Steve Johnson.
The reasoning for alternating picks is due to the Dolphins and 49ers both finishing with identical 8-8 records during the 2014 regular season.
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In addition to those picks, the 49ers netted an additional fourth-round pick from their 2014 draft day trade that involved a 3-for-2 deal with the Denver Broncos. In that trade the 49ers gave up their second-round pick (No. 56) who turned out to be WR Cody Latimer and seventh-round pick (No. 242) LB Corey Nelson.
The picks don’t stop rolling there however as the 49ers also acquired an extra 2015 seventh-round pick due to trading away OLB Cam Johnson to the Indianapolis Colts back in 2013.
If you’re keeping track that’s seven picks thus far.
Just when you thought the 49ers were finished it turns out they are not as the NFL will grant the 49ers two compensatory picks due to the net loss of two 2014 qualifying free-agents. The 49ers lost three players including SS Donte Whitner, FB Anthony Dixon, and CB Tarell Brown to free-agency while signing SS Antoine Bethea. Those compensatory picks are projected to be somewhere in the fourth and seventh rounds although could be higher.
Note: Compensatory picks can’t be traded and are only awarded in rounds three to seven.
1. First-round (No. 15)
2. Second-round (No. 46)
3. Third-round (No. 79)
4. Fourth-round from Denver
5. Fourth-round (compensatory)
8. Seventh-round from Indianapolis
9. Seventh-round (compensatory)