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Since the Chiefs reached the eight-win plateau, the 49ers receive their 2014 second-round draft pick. (USATSI)
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The 49ers already received a second-round pick in the 2013 draft from the Kansas City Chiefs for Alex Smith. Another pick in 2014 was conditional on how the Chiefs performed in Year 1 with Smith at quarterback.
If the Chiefs, who were 2-14 last season, finished with eight victories or better, the 49ers would receive Kansas City’s second-round selection in 2014. If the Chiefs were sub-.500, the 49ers would get a third-round selection.
After eight games, the Chiefs are the only unbeaten team in the NFL. And the 49ers are guaranteed to receive Kansas City’s second-round pick.
If the 49ers would like to see that pick acquired from the Chiefs to be the best-possible selection, they would now like to see the Chiefs go into a tailspin and fail to make the playoffs.
Last season, Pittsburgh and Dallas finished with 8-8 records and missed the playoffs. Those teams rotated picking at Nos. 17 and 18 in each round. In the second round, their draft slots were 49th and 50th.
If the Chiefs make the playoffs, the best the pick the 49ers could possibly receive would be No. 53 overall. If Kansas City wins the Super Bowl, the 49ers would receive No. 64 overall.
Here is a look at the 49ers’ scheduled 2014 draft selections:
49ERS 2014 DRAFT PICKS
1. First round: Own pick
2. Second round: Own pick
3. Second round: Kansas City pick in 2013 Alex Smith trade
4. Third round: Tennessee pick in 2013 draft day trade
5. Third round: Own pick
6. *Third: Compensatory
7. Fourth round: Own pick
8. Fifth round: Own pick
9. Sixth round: Own pick
10. Seventh round: Carolina pick from 2012 Colin Jones trade
11. Seventh round: New Orleans pick from Parys Haralson trade
12. Seventh round: Indianapolis pick from Cam Johnson trade
13. Seventh round: Own pick
*-The 49ers are in position to gain at least one compensatory pick due to a net loss of qualifying 2013 free agents. The pick, resulting from Dashon Goldson's departure, could be a third-round selection.
Free agent losses (5): Goldson, NT Isaac Sopoaga, NT Ricky Jean Francois, TE Delanie Walker, WR Ted Ginn.
Free agent gains (4): DL Glenn Dorsey, LB Dan Skuta, S Craig Dahl, K Phil Dawson.