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Kyle Shanahan identifies what's more important than 49ers' draft slot

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Kyle Shanahan identifies what's more important than 49ers' draft slot

SANTA CLARA – When Jimmy Garoppolo took over as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Dec. 3, the 49ers were in the conversation for the NFL's No. 1 overall draft pick.

But in the month of December, the 49ers got hot. And their possible No. 2 overall draft selection began to slide. The 49ers won their final five games to finish with a 6-10 record.

During the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis next month, the 49ers and Raiders will take part in a coin flip to determine which teams select Nos. 9 and 10 in the first round. The tie-breaker to determine draft slot is strength of schedule. The 49ers and Raiders had identical strength of schedules of .512.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said on the 49ers Insider Podcast that he has no regrets about all the winning that occurred down the stretch – long after the 49ers had been eliminated from playoff contention.

“I think the way it’s ended has been extremely important for us,” Shanahan said. “You never know until you get into that situation. I know that’s the dilemma every year. Everybody wants to win and then right after you do (win), everyone (says), ‘Well, you just cost yourself a draft choice’ and things like that.

“You never know until you get in it. Well, I was in it this year and there’s not any doubt in my mind that after each win we feel that’s a lot more important for this organization and what we’re doing here than whether we’re picking No. 2, 5 or 11.

“To me, what’s important is our team learning how to win; how to play together; how to care for each other; how to fight; how to play every single play, whether it’s the first play or the last play, all the same.”

The organization appears set up well for the future, in large part because of the improvement that was shown after the midseason trade to land Garoppolo. The 49ers’ offense finished the season ranked No. 12 in the NFL in total offensive yards.

The team does not have to execute an offseason plan to acquire a quarterback. And the club is expected to have more than $100 million in space under the salary cap, as well as nine draft picks, to enable general manager John Lynch plenty of options to improve the roster.

“We’re going to add free agents. We’re going to add draft picks,” Shanahan said. “We expect them to be good people and good players, and hopefully we can get them to be part of what we established this year.”

Coin toss to determine if 49ers or Raiders get No. 9 pick in 2018 NFL Draft

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Coin toss to determine if 49ers or Raiders get No. 9 pick in 2018 NFL Draft

A little over a month ago, the Raiders were fighting for a playoff spot, while the 49ers challenging the New York Giants for the No. 2 overall pick.

But a lot changed during a wild December. The Raiders lost four straight to finish with a disappointing 6-10 record. Down in Santa Clara, Jimmy Garoppolo took over as starter and led the 49ers to five straight wins to close the season with a surprising 6-10 record.

But not only did the Raiders and 49ers finish with the same record, but they also finished with identical .512 strength of schedules, which is used as the second tiebreaker for positioning in the NFL Draft.

So...in order to determine which team will pick No. 9 and which will get the No. 10 pick, their will be a coin toss.

Yes, a coin toss is the next tiebreaker after record and strength of sschedule.

We'll keep you posted when results of that important flip of the coin are revealed.

Source: Raiders complete draft class, agree to terms with first-round pick

Source: Raiders complete draft class, agree to terms with first-round pick

Update (8:39 p.m.): The Raiders announced they have officially signed first-round draft pick Gareon Conley.

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NAPA – The Raiders first full squad practice starts Saturday morning. Gareon Conley will be available to participate. The first-round cornerback agreed on terms of his rookie contract on Friday afternoon, a league source confirmed to , allowing him to report without missing anything major.

Conley is in the Bay Area and expected to sign the contract Friday night at the Napa Valley Marriott.

According to this years rookie wage scale, as published by overthecap.com, the No. 24 overall pick is slotted to make $10.467 million over the life of a four-year contract. The Raiders also hold a fifth-year option to extend the deal. Conley’s contract includes a $5.752 million signing bonus and a $1.9 million base salary in 2017.

Conley missed four days of pre-camp instruction designed for rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans, but shouldn’t be considered a setback. Conley should be able to hit the ground running when he takes the field.

That’s a good thing considering they’ll need him to make an instant impact as a slot cornerback at least.

Conley’s situation could have been complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland. Conley has staunchly maintained his innocence in regard to the allegation, and has not been arrested or charged with a crime. The Raiders remain confident in their selection and the pre-draft research that went into it. It's uncertain at this time whether or how much Conley's legal situation played into contract talks. 

CBS Sports was first to report the news of Conley and the Raiders agreeing to terms.