One year after producing just a five-player draft class thanks to a light war chest of picks, the 49ers will go into the 2021 draft with at least eight selections.
Here are the eight they’re slotted for:
Round 1, Pick 12
Round 2, Pick 44
Round 4, Pick 114
Round 5, Pick 153
Round 5, Pick 170 (via NO)
Round 6, Pick 191
Round 7, Pick 225 (via NYJ)
Round 7, Pick 235
Their third-round pick (No. 74) was sent to Washington in the Trent Williams trade. They picked up an additional fifth from the Saints in the deal that sent LB Kwon Alexander to New Orleans. They scooped a seventh in this year’s draft along with DE Jordan Willis in exchange for the 49ers’ 2022 sixth-round choice.
San Francisco’s number of picks could inflate by a couple by the time draft time rolls around.
Defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is a hot name on this year’s coaching market and he’s going to interview with six of the seven teams with head coaching vacancies by the time the cycle is over. Should he land a job, San Francisco would snag a third-round compensatory pick this year and next year according to the new version of the Rooney Rule.
The Draft Network also has the 49ers slated for one compensatory pick in the fifth round after Emmanuel Sanders left in free agency.
That would give the 49ers a ton of flexibility to move up the board in each round while preserving some depth in this year’s batch of selections as well.