The coin flip to determine the ninth and 10th overall picks in the 2018 NFL Draft — between the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders — will be held on Friday, March 2, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
The 49ers and Raiders finished the 2017 regular season with the same record, the same strength of schedule and are not in the same conference. Unable to find a more suitable tiebreaker (two-man sack race, punter fight, guess which number I’m thinking of, etc), the NFL goes with a coin flip in these situations.
This means the 49ers can pick ninth overall or 10th overall, which will also impact the way the picks alternate with other 6-10 teams. Previously, we only knew that the coin flip would be held at some point around the NFL Scouting Combine, which begins on Feb. 27 and ends on March 5.
It was a very weird season for both the 49ers and the Raiders, and I wrote in January that a stupid coin flip is a good capper on a weird, weird season. 49ers general manager John Lynch joked that he’s going to “practice all offseason” and suggested that the odds are, in fact, 50-50. Fooch, being himself, pointed out that it’s not quite 50-50 depending on who you believe and a number of factors that we won’t ever possibly know.