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49ers receive no compensatory draft picks in 2020

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That could be very different this time next year

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The NFL announced compensatory picks for this year’s draft. It’s not much of a surprise, but the San Francisco 49ers weren’t awarded any compensatory picks. The players the 49ers signed two seasons ago that would have had a potential comp pick impact were Korey Toomer, Jonathan Cooper, Jerry Attaochu, Jerick McKinnon, and Weston Richburg. The former three all signed one-year deals but didn’t do enough with their new teams for the 49ers to receive any picks. The latter two are still under contract with the Niners. Here is an explanation of the comp pick formula from OverTheCap:

As the NFL explains, compensatory picks are awarded to teams that lose more or better compensatory free agents than they acquire. The number of picks a team can receive equals the net loss of compensatory free agents, up to a maximum of four. Compensatory free agents are determined by a secret formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. Not every free agent lost or signed is covered by the formula.

Although the formula has never been revealed, by studying the compensatory picks that have been awarded since they began in 1994, I’ve determined that the primary factor in the value of the picks awarded is the average annual value of the contract the player signed with his new team, with an adjustment for playing time and a smaller adjustment for postseason honors.

For example, the Giants received a comp pick at the end of the third round because of the loss of safety Landon Collins. It feels like every year, the New England Patriots were awarded the most compensatory selections, and that was no different this year. The Pats received four comp picks. Three other teams were awarded three picks. A year from now, we could be having a different discussion. If Emmanuel Sanders, Arik Armstead, or Jimmie Ward are on other teams after signing lucrative deals, the 49ers should be locks to receive comp picks for the 2021 NFL Draft. Now that you can trade comp picks, which started in 2017, that may factor into the front office letting a player walk.

Here is a list of all the teams that received comp picks in this upcoming draft:

Because the Patriots lost Trey Flowers, Trent Brown, Malcom Brown, and Cordarrelle Paterson, they received four picks. New England didn’t sign anyone to cancel out those losses. The 49ers lost Benson Mayowa and Bradley Pinion, but the team also signed Tevin Coleman, Jason Verrett, and Kwon Alexander. Ben Garland didn’t qualify in the formula, nor did losing John Wetzel. San Francisco wasn’t projected to receive any picks this year, but with the number of unrestricted free agents that the team could lose this offseason, the Niners should have a couple of picks for next year’s draft.

Here are the 49ers picks for this upcoming draft:

Round 1, Pick 31

Round 5, Pick 139 (via DEN from Sanders trade)

Round 5, Pick 159

Round 6, Pick 191

Round 7, Pick 195 (via DET from Harold trade)

Round 7, Pick 223