Wednesday, February 19, 2014
49ers combine primer
By Bill Williamson
The NFL scouing combine is underway and lasts until early next week in Indianapolis. Let's take a look at what the San Francisco 49ers' front office staff, coaches and scouts will be doing as they watch drills and interview prospects in preparation for the May 8-10 draft.
First-round pick: No. 30.
Total picks: The 49ers have 11 picks, but are expected to get either a third or fourth-round compensatory pick. They are usually allotted in Mach.
Top needs: The 49ers want to add a play-making receiver to deepen the team's aerial weaponry. Developing a young cornerback is also key for this deep roster. 49ers have ammo to move up in draft as they did last year.
Players they could scout in first-round: Receivers Mike Evans (Texas A&M), Marqise Lee (USC), Kelvin Benjamin (Florida State), Allen Robinson (Penn State), Brandin Cooks (Oregon State); cornerbacks: Jason Verrett (TCU), Bradley Roby (Ohio State).
Other business: Teams often talk to their own free agents at the combine to get a feel for the market and try to finalize deals before free agency. It begins March 11.The 49ers priority free agents include receiver Anquan Boldin, safety Donte Whitner, kick Phil Dawson and cornerback Tarell Brown.
Media time: Coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke are expected to meet with the media in the next couple of days.