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49ers Awarded 4 Compensatory Draft Picks, Now Have 12 Total Selections

DeForest Buckner and Joshua Garnett join a list that includes the likes of Patrick Willis, Joe Staley and Jerry Rice.

The San Francisco 49ers were awarded four compensatory draft picks on Friday by the NFL: one fourth-rounder, fifth-rounders and two sixth-rounders. Those extra selections were earned based on free agents who left following the 2014 season.

The 49ers now own 12 total selections in the 2016 NFL Draft beginning April 28 in Chicago.

According to the NFL: "Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula."

For example, players who were released do not count as gains or losses.

By rule, a compensatory pick is awarded to a team "losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year."

Running back Frank Gore (Indianapolis Colts), guard Mike Iupati (Arizona Cardinals), cornerback Perrish Cox (Tennessee Titans), wide receiver Michael Crabtree (Oakland Raiders), cornerback Chris Culliver (Washington Redskins) and linebacker Dan Skuta (Jacksonville Jaguars) are the six players who departed last offseason.

San Francisco added wide receiver Torrey Smith and tackle Erik Pears in free agency, cancelling out two of the losses.

Here's how the 49ers 12 draft picks break down by round.

1st Round - 1 picks (No. 7 overall)

2nd Round - 1 picks (37)

3rd Round - 1 picks (68)

4th Round - 2 picks (105, 133)

5th Round - 3 picks (142, 145, 174)

6th Round - 4 picks (178, 207, 211, 213)

7th Round - 0 picks

It's worth mentioning that compensatory picks cannot be traded. Beginning in 2017, teams will be allowed to trade these selections.

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