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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YearTeamPlayer (*Pro Bowl)PositionCollege
2019Miami DolphinsChristian WilkinsDTClemson
2018Washington RedskinsDa'Ron PayneDTAlabama
2017Arizona CardinalsHaason ReddickLBTemple
2016Miami DolphinsLaremy Tunsil*TMississippi
2015New Orleans SaintsAndrus Peat*TStanford
2014St. Louis RamsAaron Donald*DTPittsburgh
2013New York JetsSheldon Richardson*DTMissouri
2012Arizona CardinalsMichael FloydWRNotre Dame
2011Detroit LionsNick FairleyDTAuburn
2010Philadelphia EaglesBrandon GrahamDEMichigan
2009Washington RedskinsBrian Orakpo*LBTexas

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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YearTeamPlayer (*Pro Bowl)PositionSchool
2019Atlanta FalconsKaleb McGaryTWashington
2018New England PatriotsSony MichelRBGeorgia
2017San Francisco 49ersReuben FosterLBAlabama
2016Seattle SeahawksGermain IfediGTexas A&M
2015New Orleans SaintsStephone AnthonyLBClemson
2014Denver BroncosBradley RobyDBOhio St.
2013Dallas CowboysTravis Frederick*CWisconsin
2012Tampa Bay BuccaneersDoug Martin*RBBoise St.
2011Pittsburgh SteelersCameron Heyward*DEOhio St.
2010Indianapolis ColtsJerry HughesDETCU
2009Arizona CardinalsBeanie WellsRBOhio 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)