At midseason, fans wondered if the 49ers would ever win a game and figured the team would contend with the woeful Browns for the top pick in the NFL Draft.
That all changed on Oct. 31 when the team traded for Jimmy Garoppolo, the defense perked up and the 49ers ripped off six wins in their last seven games. Now the no. 1 overall pick has fallen to the ninth or 10th selection in the draft.
The 49ers will have a coin flip with the Raiders to determine who gets the ninth pick. It’s an odd coincide that the 49ers will square off with Oakland, a team many had tabbed for a Super Bowl appearance.
It appeared at season’s end that the 49ers were by far the better team after winning their last five straight games. The Raiders, meanwhile, fired coach Jack Del Rio after granting him a four-year extension a year earlier.