The San Francisco 49ers have been reaping the benefits of a new NFL rule that rewards teams with compensatory picks whenever a minority member of their organization is hired away to be a head coach or general manager for another team. The purpose of the rule was to encourage diversity and reward teams that hired and developed minority coaches and executives. Over the past three seasons, the 49ers have gained extra picks due to the losses of several minority coaches and executives, including Robert Saleh, Martin Mayhew, Mike McDaniel, DeMeco Ryans, and Ran Carthon.
Under the rule, when a team loses a minority coach or executive to a head coach or general manager job, they are compensated with two third-round picks, awarded as one pick in two consecutive years. If a team loses two employees during a single offseason, they will receive three third-round picks spread out over three consecutive years. The 49ers have been the biggest beneficiaries of this policy, receiving three special compensatory picks in the 2023 draft alone, which all came at the end of the third round. These extra picks have allowed the 49ers to add talented players such as Ambry Thomas and Jake Moody to their roster.
However, despite the success of this policy for some teams like the 49ers, other owners have expressed dissatisfaction with it. Even though they had approved the rule and are also eligible to benefit from it themselves, some owners feel that it is not enough to just give them additional picks; they want more concrete ways to promote diversity within their organizations. While this policy may not be perfect for everyone