The San Francisco 49ers have seen a significant boost in their success over the past few years thanks to a new NFL rule. In November 2020, the league’s 32 owners approved a policy that rewards teams with compensatory picks any time a minority member of their organization was hired away by another team for a head coach or general manager position. This rule was designed to encourage more diversity within NFL organizations and reward those that invested in developing minority coaches and executives.
Under this rule, any team that loses a minority coach or executive to an opposing team will be compensated with two third-round picks, which will be awarded as one pick over two consecutive years. If a team loses two employees during the same offseason, they will receive three third-round picks spread out over three consecutive years. Over the past three seasons, the 49ers have received several extra third-round picks due to the losses of Robert Saleh, Martin Mayhew, Mike McDaniel, DeMeco Ryans, and Ran Carthon. These additional picks allowed them to add key players such as Ambry Thomas and Jake Moody to their roster.
The 49ers have made the most of their extra picks by using them strategically on players who could make a significant impact on their team’s success. In 2023, they used one of their compensatory picks on kicker Jake Moody, ensuring that they will have at least two players on their roster who were taken with compensatory picks and could play crucial roles in Super Bowl LVIII.
Despite being one of the biggest beneficiaries of this new rule, some owners have expressed dissatisfaction with its effects on their teams. However, it’s important to note that these owners are also allowed to benefit from the rule themselves and should not be upset about it. Ultimately, this policy is designed to promote diversity within NFL organizations and provide additional opportunities for minorities to advance in their careers while also giving teams an added incentive to develop and invest in minority talent.