The flipping of the calendar into June brought with it salary cap freedom for the San Francisco 49ers. However, it also means we get a better understanding of the number of picks the 49ers can potentially look forward to in the 2015 NFL Draft. Any players signed after June 1 no longer count toward the comp pick formula. 49ers free agent Jonathan Goodwin has reportedly agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints, and no matter how much money he gets, it won't boost the 49ers comp picks.
As it currently stands the 49ers hold nine picks in the 2015 NFL Draft.
First Round - Own
Second Round - Own
Third/Fourth Round - Own - 4th goes to Bills, but could become 3rd if certain conditions met (not sure of the conditions)
Fourth Round - Broncos
Fifth Round - Own
Sixth Round - Own
Seventh Round - Own
Seventh Round - Colts (Cam Johnson trade)
Comp Pick - Donte Whitner
Comp Pick - Anthony Dixon
Depending on how technical you want to get, the 49ers hold either 8 picks + 2 comps, or 7 picks + 2 comps. They currently hold their own seventh round pick, but that pick goes to the Miami Dolphins if Jonathan Martin makes the 53-man roster to start the season. I expect him to make the roster, but it remains to be seen how the rest of the reserve offensive line depth chart will shake out, so we'll wait and see.
The 49ers could also have to deal one of their current picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars. We don't know the pick, but it's dependent on how much playing time Gabbert gets. Pro Sports Transactions lists Gabbert starting 8 or more games, but it does not provide a pick projection. Matt Maiocco refers to it involving conditions if Gabbert meets certain levels of playing time. That plural levels would infer a range for the pick based on how much he plays.
Whether the 49ers end up with 8 or 9 picks from this group (depending on Martin/Gabbert deals), it's safe to say they have not added their last draft pick. We can probably guess they'll make some moves next year during the draft to add picks, but we can also expect them to add picks between now and then. This roster is incredibly deep, and they will see some quality talent moving on before the start of the regular season.
Rather than simply cut players and get nothing in return, maybe the 49ers deal for any sixth or seventh round picks they can get. If they can grab one or two seventh round picks, they suddenly have some ammunition to move up in other rounds. A seventh round pick on its own is nothing more than a flier. But smart teams use those picks to maneuver around the higher rounds.
I've attached a poll to get people's thoughts on potential additions or subtractions of picks. The poll is not factoring in draft day trades that add or subtract picks, but rather, all the moves between now and next year's draft. When the 49ers head into Day 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft, how many draft picks do you think they'll have?