Both teams finished with a 6-10 record last season and a .512 SOS, which would've been used as the tiebreaker. As such, the NFL conducted a coin flip at the NFL Combine to determine the draft order.
Leading up to the coin toss, neither team seemed to be taking the proceedings too seriously.
“The thing I’m disappointed in here: all along, I thought it was heads or tails," 49ers general manager John Lynch said. "Apparently it’s just Raiders on one side, Niners on the other.”
San Francisco started the season 0-9 but won each of their last five games after switching to Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback to finish 6-10. Meanwhile, Oakland fell apart after a 2-0 start.
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Both teams have needs on the defensive side of the ball but Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie doesn't think the coin flip changes anyone's plans.
“I don’t think it matters as much as far as the player," McKenzie said earlier this week. "Maybe trade value, it matters more. … Won’t lose any sleep (Thursday night) at all.”Back to the San Francisco 49ers Newsfeed