The San Francisco 49ers’ Gains: How the NFL’s Diversity Policy is Boosting their Extra Picks

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In November 2020, the NFL’s 32 owners approved a policy that aimed to increase diversity in the league by rewarding teams that hired and developed minority coaches and executives. Under the new rule, any team that lost a minority coach or executive to a head coach or general manager job would be compensated with two third-round picks that would be awarded as one pick in two consecutive years. If a team lost two employees during a single offseason, then that club would receive three third-round picks spread out over three consecutive years.

The San Francisco 49ers have been one of the biggest benefactors of this new policy. Over the past three seasons, they have gained extra picks due to the losses of several minority coaches and executives. These losses have netted the 49ers several extra third-round picks, which they started receiving in 2021 and will get through 2025. The team has made the most of their extra picks by using them on players such as Ambry Thomas, who played in 15 games this season at cornerback with six starts, and kicker Jake Moody. In fact, 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 a compensatory pick and could play key roles in Super Bowl LVIII.

While some other owners may express discontent about the 49ers benefiting from this policy, it is important to remember that it was their own approval that led to its implementation. Additionally, it is possible that these owners are simply unhappy with their own performance and are looking for ways to blame external factors for their struggles. Ultimately, however, it is clear that this policy has had a positive impact on promoting diversity in the NFL and providing opportunities for minority coaches and executives to succeed at higher levels.

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