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March 23, 2009
Niners awarded two compensatory picks

The 49ers have been awarded additional picks at the end of the fifth and seventh rounds of next month's draft. Those picks are in addition to the seven picks the 49ers already have, one each in rounds one through seven. The so-called compensatory picks are given to compensate for free agents the team lost the previous offseason.

Exactly how the league determines the value of those picks comes from a secret formula (we're talking "Deep Throat" secret) that takes into account the salary and playing time of the lost free agents. For the 49ers, that list included offensive linemen Justin Smiley and Kwame Harris as well as running back Maurice Hicks and defensive lineman Marques Douglas. The compensatory picks are typically revealed during the annual league meeting, which is occuring now in Dana Point, Calif. The Bee's Paul Gutierrez is reporting from the meetings this week.

Here are the picks:

5th (171 overall)
7th (244 overall)

And, no, the 49ers don't have Mr. Irrelevant. That distinction belongs to the Chiefs with pick No. 256.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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