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Thanks to a final-seconds field goal by a former Bay Area football fixture, the San Francisco 49ers will not have the first pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
Had ex-Raider Sebastian Janikowski missed the game-winning kick — and had Arizona beat the Seahawks in overtime Sunday — the Niners would have dibs on the presumptive No. 1 selection, Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa.
But Seabass’ aim was true, earning the 4-12 49ers the runner-up spot to the Cardinals in the April draft sweepstakes.
While the 49ers, Jets and Raiders all had 4-12 records, the 49ers got the No. 2 pick thanks to their anemic strength of schedule. In case of ties, the NFL gives priority to the team that has faced the most inferior opponents.
That dubious distinction went to the Niners, but just barely. Only two thousandths of a percentage point separated 49ers opponents’ winning percentage (.504) from the Jets’ (.506).
The Raiders will have the fourth pick (after the Jets) and two other first-round selections. Unfortunately, when the Raiders’ brain trust dealt Khalil Mack to the Bears and Amari Cooper to the Cowboys for first-rounders, it no doubt was expecting mid-round picks rather than the current 25th (Cowboys) and 27th (Bears.)
As The Chronicle’s Eric Branch noted after Sunday’s 49ers debacle, “the cleanest jersey after four quarters might have belonged to (Rams) QB Jared Goff,” who wasn’t sacked, was hit only twice and threw four touchdowns. The Niners desperately need a pass rush.
With Bosa likely snapped up by the Cards, the 49ers might want to look to other edge specialists such as Michigan’s Rashan Gary, Kentucky’s Josh Allen, Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell and Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat.
The Raiders also need help on the defensive side of the ball. Oakland finished the season with the NFL’s 25th-ranked defense.
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