The excitement was unlike anything Indianapolis had ever seen, an entire city and the scouting combine it is currently hosting consumed by it. Eveb NFL Network opted to make a cut away from its usual program to capture the thrill of... the coin toss to decide where the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, both finishing with identical 6-10 records, would pick in the upcoming draft.
In all seriousness, the event was a rather dull affair. Hall of Famer Ros Woodson, under the watchful eyes of representatives from both franchises and NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano, flipped the coin and it landed with the 49ers logo facing upwards. As a result, San Francisco will hold pick number nine in the draft and select lower in the odd-numbered rounds. The Raiders, meanwhile, will select earlier in the even-numbered rounds
The result from the coin toss also has an impact on the New England Patriots. When the team traded quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers, New England received a second round draft pick in return. Now, they finally know where this pick will be located on the draft board: The Patriots will select 43rd overall.
Therefore, the team’s 2018 draft picks look as follows:
#31 (round 1)
#43 (round 2) (via San Francisco)
#63 (round 2)
#95 (round 3)
#136 (round 4)
#205 (round 6)