49ers awarded fourth-round compensatory pick

49ers awarded fourth-round compensatory pick

The 49ers were awarded a compensatory pick in the fourth round of the April draft, the NFL announced on Friday.

The 49ers’ additional pick – No. 37 in the fourth round and No. 143 overall – is a result of the team losing guard Alex Boone in free agency last year to the Minnesota Vikings. The 49ers had no qualifying free-agent gains, according to the league.

“Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks,” the NFL stated in announcing the 32 compensatory selections.

Compensatory picks are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.

Compensatory picks can be traded this year for the first time.

The NFL draft is scheduled for April 27-29 in Philadelphia. Here are the compensatory picks announced by the NFL with Round, No. in round, and No. overall:

Compensatory picks
3-33-97 Miami
3-34-98 Carolina
3-35-99 Baltimore
3-36-100 Los Angeles Rams
3-37-101 Denver
3-38-102 Seattle
3-39-103 Cleveland
3-40-104 Kansas City
3-41-105 Pittsburgh
3-42-106 Seattle
3-43-107 New York Jets

4-32-138 Cincinnati
4-33-139 Cleveland
4-35-141* Los Angeles Rams
4-36-142 Cleveland
4-37-143 San Francisco
4-38-144 Indianapolis

5-33-176 Cincinnati
5-34-177 Denver
5-35-178 Miami
5-36-179 Arizona
5-37-180 Kansas City
5-38-181 Cleveland
5-39-182 Green Bay
5-40-183 New England
5-41-184 Miami

6-33-216 Kansas City
6-34-217 Cincinnati
6-35-218 Kansas City

7-33-251 Cincinnati
7-34-252 Denver
7-35-253 Denver

* As the result of League discipline, the New York Giants’ original selection in Round 4 (4-23-130) has been relegated to selection 4-34-140. Because that pick is a regular selection, it does not appear on the above list of compensatory draft selections.

The compensatory free agents lost and signed in 2016 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2017 draft:

Lost: Johnson, Rashad; Larsen, Ted; Massie, Bobby; Sowell, Bradley; Weatherspoon, Sean; White, Corey
Gained: Branch, Tyvon; Mathis, Evan

Lost: Osemele, Kelechi; Schaub, Matt; Upshaw, Courtney
Gained: Watson, Benjamin; Weddle, Eric

Lost: Norman, Josh; Nortman, Brad
Gained: Gradkowski, Gino

Lost: Jones, Marvin; Lamur, Emmanuel; Nelson, Reggie; Sanu, Mohamed; Smith, Andre
Gained: None

Lost: Bademosi, Johnson; Benjamin, Travis; Gipson, Tashaun; Mack, Alex; Robertson, Craig; Schwartz, Mitchell
Gained: Davis, Demario

Lost: Bruton, David; Davis, Vernon; Harris, Ryan; Jackson, Malik; Mathis, Evan; Osweiler, Brock; Trevathan, Danny
Gained: Crick, Jared; Okung, Russell; Stephenson, Donald

Lost: Hayward, Casey; Tolzien, Scott
Gained: None

Lost: Fleener, Coby; Freeman, Jerrell; Lowery, Dwight
Gained: Robinson, Patrick; Tolzien, Scott

Lost: Allen, Jeff; Branch, Tyvon; Daniel, Chase; Smith, Sean; Stephenson, Donald
Gained: Schwartz, Mitchell

Lost: Fairley, Nick; Jenkins, Janoris; McLeod, Rodney
Gained: None

Lost: Matthews, Rishard; Miller, Lamar; Shelby, Derrick; Sheppard, Kelvin; Vernon, Olivier
Gained: Abdul-Quddus; Isa, Branch, Andre

Lost: Hicks, Akiem; Wilson, Tavon
Gained: McClellin, Shea

Lost: Davis, Demario; Harrison, Damon; Ivory, Chris
Gained: Forte, Matt; McLendon, Steve

Lost: Beachum, Kelvin; Blake, Antwon; Johnson, Will; McLendon, Steve; Spence, Sean
Gained: Green, Ladarius; Harris, Ryan

Lost: Boone, Alex
Gained: None

Lost: Irvin, Bruce; Mebane, Brandon; Okung, Russell; Sweezy, J.R.
Gained: Sowell, Bradley; Webb, J'Marcus

From Eli to Jimmy G, 49ers' new center ready to protect Garoppolo


From Eli to Jimmy G, 49ers' new center ready to protect Garoppolo

New 49ers center Weston Richburg will be joining what he has heard is a good group of offensive linemen, led by six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley, the longest-tenured 49ers player.

Richburg, 26, said he is also looking forward to working closely with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, 26. The 49ers expect the players to be on the field a lot together over the coming seasons. Garoppolo and Richburg both signed five-year contracts through the 2022 season this offseason.

When asked on The 49ers Insider Podcast if the organization’s long-term commitment to Garoppolo had any influence on his decision to come to the Bay Area after four seasons with the New York Giants, Richburg answered, “Doesn’t hurt.”

“You look at of the teams that have a lot of success -- the team he just came from, what I just came from -- there are two quarterbacks on those teams that have been there who have had success who work extremely hard at their craft,” Richburg said. “So I think see that in Jimmy. I’m excited to be a little part of what he does.”

Richburg played out of position at left guard in his rookie season. Over the next two years, he started 31 of 32 games at center, in front of two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning. Garoppolo came to the 49ers in an October trade from New England after spending most of his 3 1/2 NFL seasons behind Tom Brady.

Richburg said he expects to develop a good rapport with his quarterback – a must for an offense to function at a high level.

“If it’s bad, I think it can hurt you,” Richburg said of the center-quarterback dynamic. “But if it’s good, it can help.

“I think we’re going to have a good relationship. We’re around the same age. I think we’ll be able to pick each other’s brains, feed off each other, work together. That’s part of the position of center that I like the most is kind of the cerebral part of it and working with a quarterback, getting everything situated, getting everything running.”

Richburg started just four games last season and finished the season on injured reserve with a concussion. He said it was the first concussion he has experienced and is feeling good.

“It was new territory,” Richburg said, “but I’m feeling very good right now. I’m excited. I think I got a little more itch to go play football right now since it’s been a little longer for me.”

49ers sign former first-round pick guard


49ers sign former first-round pick guard

The 49ers added some talent in the trenches on Tuesday.

Guard Jonathan Cooper inked a one-year deal, the team announced.

Cooper was originally drafted No. 7 overall by the Cardinals in 2013. After two seasons in Arizona, he spent time with the Patriots, Browns and Cowboys.

Last season, he appeared in 13 games for Dallas.

“Having started 27 games in four NFL seasons, Jonathan brings great experience to the interior of our offensive line. We look forward to him competing for a starting job at guard, while also bringing a veteran presence to our locker room. Jonathan is a welcome addition to our team,” GM John Lynch said in a statement.