The 49ers and Raiders will hold a coin flip in Indianapolis on Friday, March 2 to determine which team picks ninth or 10th in the upcoming draft. The Boston Globe first reported when the flip will take place.
The Bay Area teams finished with 6-10 records with even their strength-of-schedule results -- the last tiebreaker for draft position -- the same. The winner will pick ninth, the loser one spot later. They will alternate by round from that point on, though the 49ers traded their second-round pick to New England in October in exchange for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
The 49ers and Raiders were in the same spot in 2006. The 49ers' personnel chief at the time, Scot McCloughan, represented the 49ers at the coin toss. "Tails never fails," McCloughan said then, and he was right. The 49ers won the toss and selected tight end Vernon Davis with the sixth overall pick. At pick No. 7, the Raiders took safety Michael Huff. Davis is still playing. He finished the season with 43 catches, 648 yards and three touchdowns for Washington. Huff's last season was 2013.
Asked last month whether he'd go with heads or tails, 49ers general manager John Lynch quipped, "I'm going to practice all offseason. I'm talking to our analytics guys. I'm hearing it's 50-50."
49ers draft picks
1st: Ninth or 10th; to be decided by a coin flip with Raiders.
2nd: 59th. (from New Orleans: 2016 draft-day trade).
3rd: 70th. (from Chicago; 2016 draft-day trade)
3rd: 73rd or 74th; own pick
4th: (from Pittsburgh; Vance McDonald trade)
5th: (from New York Jets; Rashard Robinson trade)
6th: own pick
7th: own pick
7th: (from Chiefs; Kenneth Acker trade)