Sakamoto: NFL Rewards 49ers With NFL-High 4 Compensatory Picks In 2016 Draft

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The NFL announced the compensatory selections for the 2016 NFL Draft, as 13 teams were rewarded with extra selections. Compensatory picks are awarded annually based on the team’s who lost more or better compensatory free-agents than they signed the previous year. In addition, compensatory picks also takes on a formula based on a player’s salary, playing time, and any post-season awards, in which he accumulated with his new club.

Compensatory picks can not be traded in any way shape or form, so all teams will have no choice but to make their respective selections. However, this rule will change starting in the 2017 NFL Draft so stay tuned for that.

The San Francisco 49ers endured a harsh off-season last year, as they lost many key starters including RB Frank Gore (Indianapolis Colts), WR Michael Crabtree (Oakland Raiders), G Mike Iupati (Arizona Cardinals), OLB Dan Skuta (Jacksonville Jaguars), CB Chris Culliver (Washington), and CB Perrish Cox (Tennessee Titans) just to name a few.

In return they signed WR Jerome Simpson, WR Torrey Smith, RB Reggie Bush, CB Shareece Wright, T/G Erik Pears, and ST Nick Bellore.

As a result, the NFL rewarded the 49ers with an NFL-high four compensatory selections; 4th round (No. 133), 5th round (No. 174), 6th round (No. 211), and 6th round (No. 213). The 49ers weren’t the only ones receiving four compensatory picks however, as both the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys share those honors.

As for the hated rival Seattle Seahawks, they were awarded three compensatory picks; 3rd round (No. 97), 5th round (No. 171), and 6th round (No. 215) while the Cardinals get one pick in the 5th round (No. 170). The Los Angeles Rams were the only NFC West team not to get rewarded this year.

Which other NFL teams were compensated and where will they pick? Learn the full details here.

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