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The 49ers should land a couple of comp picks for the 2021 NFL Draft

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San Francisco has 15 unrestricted free agents this offseason.

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Earlier in the week, the NFL released compensatory picks for each team in the upcoming NFL Draft. The San Francisco 49ers didn’t receive any picks as they had more gains in free agency than losses with the signings of Kwon Alexander, Tevin Coleman, Jason Verrett, and Ben Garland. Those gains were not enough to offset the loss of punter Bradley Pinion. A year from now, the 49ers could have a couple of compensatory picks with how many free agents the team could lose this offseason.

To be eligible for a compensatory pick, a team has to have more losses than gains in free agency. A player is not eligible if the team voids his contract. So if the 49ers cut Tevin Coleman and he signs a contract elsewhere, the 49ers would not be eligible to receive a comp pick for the running back. Here is a list of San Francisco’s unrestricted free agents:

Arik Armstead

Emmanuel Sanders

Jimmie Ward

Jason Verrett

Garrett Celek - Retired

Earl Mitchell

Levine Toilolo

Shon Coleman

Ben Garland

Damontre Moore

Jordan Matthews

Dontae Johnson

Sheldon Day

Anthony Zettel

Ronald Blair

If the 49ers are unable to reach a deal with Armstead, Sanders, or Ward, and one of those three players leave in free agency, the Niners should be locked in to receive a high comp pick. Armstead and Sanders should net a comp pick near the end of the third round—somewhere between picks No. 97 and No. 106. Ward would likely net a fourth-round comp pick, which is somewhere between picks No. 139 to No. 146. This will all be in the 2021 draft, by the way.

Players like Garland, Coleman, Toilolo, Day, and Blair will likely wind up in the fifth, sixth, and seventh-round range, assuming that group of players sign lower-level deals in free agency. The 49ers aren’t going to be able to re-sign all 15 unrestricted free agents. There’s a real chance the team cannot bring back the “big three.” While San Francisco didn’t net any comp picks for the 2020 NFL Draft, that’ll change in 2021.