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The History of the 13th and 31st Overall Picks

The San Francisco 49ers own seven picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, including No. 13 overall which was acquired in a trade last month with the Indianapolis Colts. The 49ers anticipate landing "foundational players" with their limited draft capital, as five of their seven picks are in Rounds 5 or later.

"We have one of the better rosters in football, in my mind," Lynch said on Monday. "I think it's going to be hard to make this team, so we've got to make (each pick) count. That's the feeling every year, but especially this year with very few. We've got to make every pick that we make, whether it be the No. 13 pick, the 31st pick, if we were to move out of those or they're our fifth or sixth or seventh round picks, that we really make them count."

With that being said, here's a breakdown of the history of the 13th and 31st-overall picks in recent NFL history:

Round 1, 13th Overall

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Year Team Player (*Pro Bowl) Position College
2019 Miami Dolphins Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
2018 Washington Redskins Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama
2017 Arizona Cardinals Haason Reddick LB Temple
2016 Miami Dolphins Laremy Tunsil* T Mississippi
2015 New Orleans Saints Andrus Peat* T Stanford
2014 St. Louis Rams Aaron Donald* DT Pittsburgh
2013 New York Jets Sheldon Richardson* DT Missouri
2012 Arizona Cardinals Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
2011 Detroit Lions Nick Fairley DT Auburn
2010 Philadelphia Eagles Brandon Graham DE Michigan
2009 Washington Redskins Brian Orakpo* LB Texas

Here is a positional breakdown of how the 13th-overall pick has been used over the course of the last 20 years:

  • Defensive tackle (6)
  • Defensive end (5)
  • Wide receiver (3)
  • Tackle (3)
  • Linebacker (2)
  • Running back (1)

Notable 13th-overall Picks in NFL History: T Laremy Tunsil (2016, Miami Dolphins), DT Aaron Donald (2014, St. Louis Rams), DT Sheldon Richardson (2013, New York Jets), LB Brian Orakpo (2009, Washington Redskins), RB Jonathan Stewart (2008, Carolina Panthers), WR Donte' Stallworth (2002, New Orleans Saints), LB Takeo Spikes (1998, Cincinnati Bengals), TE Tony Gonzalez (1997, Kansas City Chiefs), TE Kellen Winslow (1979, San Diego Chargers), RB Franco Harris (1972, Pittsburgh Steelers), DT Bob Lilly (1961, Dallas Cowboys)

13th-overall Picks in 49ers History: RB Earl Cooper (1980), DB George Donnelly (1965)

Round 1, 31st Overall

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Year Team Player (*Pro Bowl) Position School
2019 Atlanta Falcons Kaleb McGary T Washington
2018 New England Patriots Sony Michel RB Georgia
2017 San Francisco 49ers Reuben Foster LB Alabama
2016 Seattle Seahawks Germain Ifedi G Texas A&M
2015 New Orleans Saints Stephone Anthony LB Clemson
2014 Denver Broncos Bradley Roby DB Ohio St.
2013 Dallas Cowboys Travis Frederick* C Wisconsin
2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Doug Martin* RB Boise St.
2011 Pittsburgh Steelers Cameron Heyward* DE Ohio St.
2010 Indianapolis Colts Jerry Hughes DE TCU
2009 Arizona Cardinals Beanie Wells RB Ohio St.

Here is a positional breakdown of how the 31st-overall pick has been used over the course of the last 20 years:

  • Defensive back (4)
  • Running back (4)
  • Linebacker (3)
  • Defensive end (2)
  • Tight end (2)
  • Defensive tackle (1)
  • Wide receiver (1)
  • Guard (1)
  • Center (1)
  • Tackle (1)

Notable 31st Picks in NFL History: RB Sony Michel (2018, New England Patriots), C Travis Frederick (2013, Dallas Cowboys), RB Doug Martin (2012, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), DE Cameron Heyward (2011, Pittsburgh Steelers), DE Jerry Hughes (2010, Indianapolis Colts), TE Greg Olsen (2007, Chicago Bears), DT Mike Patterson (2005, Philadelphia Eagles), DB Nnamdi Asomugha (2003, Oakland Raiders)

31st Picks in 49ers History: LB Reuben Foster (2017), WR Rashaun Woods (2004)