These top prospects in the 2015 NFL Draft have been connected to the San Francisco 49ers in recent mock drafts.
It's finally official. The San Francisco 49ers will have nine picks in the 2015 NFL Draft beginning April 30 in Chicago.
The team gained its final two selections on Monday, as the NFL awarded the 49ers fourth- and seventh-round compensatory picks to make up for the loss of their 2014 free agents.
The fourth-round draft choice will come 132nd overall, while the seventh-round selection will be 254th overall.
In total, 32 extra selections were awarded to 14 NFL teams at the owners' meetings in Phoenix.
By rule, a compensatory pick is awarded to a team "losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year."
In 2013, the 49ers lost safety Donte Whitner (Cleveland), cornerback Tarell Brown (Oakland), running back Anthony Dixon (Buffalo), wide receiver Mario Manningham (New York Giants) and quarterback Colt McCoy (Washington) in free agency. In turn, the club added safety Antoine Bethea (Indianapolis) and cornerback Chris Cook (Minnesota).
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.
It is also worth noting that compensatory picks cannot be traded.
Since 1994, the first year they were handed out, the 49ers have been awarded 25 compensatory picks. Selections in recent years include...
2014: OT Brandon Thomas (third round)
2013: RB Marcus Lattimore (fourth)
2010: WR Kyle Williams (sixth)
For the 2015 draft, the 49ers picks are as follows:
- First round – No. 15 overall
- Second round – No. 46 overall
- Third round – No. 79 overall
4 Fourth round – No. 127 overall (from the Denver Broncos)
- Fourth round – No. 132 overall (compensatory)
- Fifth round – No. 151 overall
- Sixth round – No. 189 overall
- Seventh round – No. 246 overall (from the Indianapolis Colts)
- Seventh round – No. 254 overall (compensatory)