2014 NFL Combine schedule: Day 3 welcomes defensive linemen and linebackers

The third group of players arrive on Friday to start the NFL Combine. We break down the positions arriving, looking at their four-day schedule, what it means for the 49ers, and who to watch.

We're back for Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Combine! Today is a big day because we start to get into more of drilling and testing. The first three groups of offensive linemen, tight ends, and specialists will take part in psychological testing and the bench press. Psychological testing includes the Wonderlic and the new test the NFL put together that helps offset some of the narrow focus of the Wonderlic. Additionally, kickers, punters and long snappers have their on-field workouts.

Day 3 will provide us with media opportunities for quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. That means Johnny Manziel's media session will be able to provide us with all sorts of questions about the off-the-field question marks. I think it is a bit overblown to some extent, but that won't stop the media from asking the questions.

Finally, today marks the arrival of defensive linemen and linebackers. Here is their full four-day schedule:

Friday 
February 21, 2014
Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Saturday
February 22, 2014
Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Sunday
February 23, 2014
NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Monday
February 24, 2014
On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

What does it mean for the 49ers?

This third group features a mix of players that are not necessarily high on the 49ers radar, but could work their way into the mix. I could see the 49ers looking at defensive line and linebacker help, but it's hard to assess exactly what the 49ers are looking for from these guys.

The 49ers will likely keep an eye on linebackers in light of NaVorro Bowman's likely absence into the season. Michael Wilhoite, Nick Moody and Darius Fleming could potentially fill the void, but I have to think the 49ers find at least one more player to compete for a roster spot. It could be through free agency, but they won't be ignoring draft-able options.

The defensive line is a little harder to figure out. The team has their starters, and solid depth, but people still see the team making moves for the long-term. We don't really know the long-term status of Tank Carradine, so it won't be a position to ignore. And yet, it might be a matter of looking for more diamonds in the rough for Jim Tomsula to develop.

Players to Watch

Nick Chiamardas has some thoughts on the defensive linemen and linebackers:

Defensive Line

Timmy Jernigan, Florida State: Jernigan unselfishly moved to NT last season after lining up primarily at the 3 technique DT spot in a 4-3. The Seminoles stitched to a 3-4 last season and Jernigan was impressive. He didn't post incredible numbers but he was a dominate presence along the defensive front. He possess some of the strongest, fastest hands you'll see of any defensive linemen in the draft. Like Justin Smith, Jernigan is 'country strong' and capable of lining up just about anywhere on the line. He should show well during the strength test/drills and I expect him to move well for a 6-2, 300-pound defensive linemen.

Dominique Easley, Florida: If not for a season ending ACL tear, Easley could very well have been a top 15 pick in the upcoming draft. Like Jernigan, Easley is capable of lining up at multiple positions along the line and has been known as a violent defender. Easley possesses the athleticism and strength that NFL teams covet along the line. Two ACL injuries in back to back years draw big concerns about his durability. Easley will workout on a limited basis this week while targeting his pro day as a day to show off his stuff.

Linebacker

Dee Ford, Auburn: Since the national championship game six weeks ago Ford's stock has risen dramatically. He turned in a dominating performance vs. Florida State and continued to impress throughout the week long Senior Bowl practices. Ford is a bit of a tweener at 6-2, 243lbs so his future position at the next level is yet to be determined. Ford is probably too small to play a true DE in a 4-3 scheme but may be too small for full-time OLB duties in a 3-4. Still his athleticism and relentless pass rushing ability will see him earn an early round draft spot. I expect him to impress with his speed and fluidity at the combine.

Kyle Van Noy, BYU: Van Noy was thought by many to be a top 15 pick in this year's draft entering the 2013 college football season. A lackluster season and questions about his size led to the hype cooling for now. That could change this week at the Combine where Van Noy should impress. He won't run an alarming forty time but his technique will be sound and he'll win in the interview room with his football IQ. Like Ford, his position in the NFL has yet to be determined. He has extensive experience both rushing the passer and dropping into coverage making him a desirable option for multiple front teams.

Group 7, 8, 9 Participants

DE Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State
DE William Clarke, West Virginia
DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State
DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
DE Kasim Edebali, Boston College
DE I.K. Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech
DE Dee Ford, Auburn
DE James Gayle, Virginia Tech
DE Taylor Hart, Oregon
DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
DE Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
DE Howard Jones, Shepherd
DE Zach Kerr, Delaware
DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
DE Aaron Lynch, South Florida
DE Eathyn Manumaleuna, BYU
DE Cassius Marsh, UCLA
DE Kareem Martin, North Carolina
DE Josh Mauro, Stanford
DE Tevin Mims, South Florida
DE Zach Moore, Concordia
DE Jonathan Newsome, Ball State
DE Louis Nix, Notre Dame
DE Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama
DE Kaleb Ramsey, Boston College
DE Michael Sam, Missouri
DE Chris Smith, Arkansas
DE Marcus Smith, Louisville
DE Ed Stinson, Alabama
DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
DE George Uko, USC
DE Larry Webster, Bloomsburg
DE Ethan Westbrooks, West Texas A&M

DT Jay Bromley, Syracuse
DT Deandre Coleman, California
DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
DT Dominique Easley, Florida
DT Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech
DT Ego Ferguson, LSU
DT Ra'shede Hageman, Minnesota
DT Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech
DT Anthony Johnson, LSU
DT Daquan Jones, Penn State
DT Dan McCullers, Tennessee
DT Tenny Palepoi, Utah
DT Mike Pennel, CSU-Pueblo
DT Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina
DT Caraun Reid, Princeton
DT Shamar Stephen, Connecticut
DT Will Sutton, Arizona State
DT Robert Thomas, Arkansas
DT Khyri Thornton, Southern Mississippi
DT Brent Urban, Virginia
DT Chris Whaley, Texas
DT Kerry Wynn, Richmond

LB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
LB Lamin Barrow, LSU
LB Chris Borland, Wisconsin
LB Carl Bradford, Arizona State
LB Jonathan Brown, Illinois
LB Preston Brown, Louisville
LB Max Bullough, Michigan State
LB Khairi Fortt, California
LB Jeremiah George, Iowa State
LB Anthony Hitchens, Iowa
LB Adrian Hubbard, Alabama
LB Drew Jackson, Western Kentucky
LB Christian Jones, Florida State
LB Devon Kennard, USC
LB Chris Kirksey, Iowa
LB Boseko Lokombo, Oregon
LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
LB James Morris, Iowa
LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
LB Trent Murphy, Stanford
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College
LB Ronald Powell, Florida
LB Trevor Reilly, Utah
LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
LB Prince Shembo, Notre Dame
LB Shayne Skov, Stanford
LB Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut
LB Telvin Smith, Florida State
LB Tyler Starr, South Dakota
LB Jordie Tripp, Montana
LB Uani' Unga, BYU
LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU
LB Avery Williamson, Kentucky
LB Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA

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