The San Francisco 49ers have benefited greatly from a new NFL rule that was introduced a few years ago. In November 2020, the NFL’s 32 owners approved a policy that rewarded teams for hiring and developing minority coaches and executives. This rule was intended to promote diversity within the league. Several owners have expressed their dissatisfaction with the number of compensatory picks the 49ers have received due to this policy.
Under this 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. Those losses have netted the 49ers several extra third-round picks, which they started receiving in 2021 and will get through 2025.
The 49ers have made great use of their extra picks by selecting players such as Ambry Thomas and kicker Jake Moody in recent seasons. In fact, 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 could end up playing key roles in Super Bowl LVIII.
It is worth noting that while some owners may express discontent over the policy’s benefits for certain teams like the 49ers, it was their own decision to approve it in the first place and allow other teams to benefit from it as well. Overall, this new policy has been successful in promoting diversity within the league and providing opportunities for talented minority coaches and executives to advance their careers while also benefiting teams with valuable compensation picks.