The San Francisco 49ers have been receiving extra third-round picks due to a new NFL rule that was approved in November 2020. Under the rule, any team that loses a minority coach or executive to a head coach or general manager job will be compensated with two third-round picks that will be awarded as one pick in two consecutive years. If a team loses two employees during a single offseason, then that club will receive three third-round picks that will be spread out over three consecutive years. Over the past three seasons, the 49ers have gained extra picks due to the losses of Robert Saleh, Martin Mayhew, Mike McDaniel, DeMeco Ryans, and Ran Carthon.
The 49ers have made the most of their extra picks by using them on players such as Ambry Thomas, who played in 15 games this season at cornerback with six starts, and kicker Jake Moody. In 2023, they used one of their compensatory picks on kicker Jake Moody so they’ll have at least two players on their roster who were taken with a compensatory pick and who could end up playing a key role in Super Bowl LVIII.
The new policy was aimed at encouraging more diversity by rewarding teams that hired and developed minority coaches and executives. However, several owners have complained to the league office about the number of compensatory picks the 49ers have received due to the policy. It is interesting to note that these owners are the ones who approved the rule and are also allowed to benefit from it. Despite some discontent from other owners regarding this policy’s impact on their teams’ success