In recent years, the San Francisco 49ers have been gaining an advantage in the NFL due to a new policy. In November 2020, the league’s 32 owners approved a rule that rewards teams any time a minority member of their organization is hired away by another team as a head coach or general manager. The goal behind this new rule was to promote diversity by incentivizing teams to hire and develop minority coaches and executives.
Since then, several owners have expressed dissatisfaction with the number of compensatory picks the 49ers have received due to this policy. Under the rule, any team that loses a minority coach or executive to a head coach or general manager job will be compensated with two third-round picks that will be awarded as one pick in two consecutive years. If a team loses two employees during a single offseason, then they will receive three third-round picks that will be spread out over three consecutive years. Over the past three seasons, the 49ers have gained extra picks due to losses such as Robert Saleh, Martin Mayhew, Mike McDaniel, DeMeco Ryans and Ran Carthon. These losses have netted them several extra third-round picks which they started receiving in 2021 and will get through 2025.
The 49ers have made use of their extra picks by drafting players such as Ambry Thomas who played in 15 games this season at cornerback with six starts and kicker Jake Moody. In 2023, they used one of their compensatory picks on kicker Jake Moody so they’ll have at least two players on their roster who were taken with compensatory picks and could end up playing key roles in Super Bowl LVIII.
Despite other owners expressing discontent about it, it is important to note that it was their own decision to approve this rule and they are also allowed to benefit from it. Overall, the San Francisco 49ers have been able to gain an advantage through this policy and it has helped them build a stronger team for future seasons.