2014 NFL Combine: Schedule, TV info and preview for Day 4


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

The 2014 NFL Combine has hit the weekend, and we start to get down to the "must-see TV" of the event. Yes, it is time to watch 300+ pound offensive linemen run the 40-yard dash! In case you missed it last year, SB Nation took some OL 40-yard dashes and set it to Chariots of Fire.

But seriously, the 40-yard dash for offensive linemen holds little value as a whole. What really matters for the big guys is that 10-yard split. That's one way we'll get a measurement of "explosiveness" for these guys, which is essential for that close quarters work. The short shuttle and cone drill can provide similar information. Danny Kelly put together a great rundown on each of the drills and their real world application.

Defensive backs arrived today, but since we know the general schedule for each group, I thought I'd post the Saturday-specific schedule for each group. At this point, I'd say that's a little bit more valuable.

Saturday NFL Combine schedule

Day 1 arrivals (kickers, specialists, offensive linemen, tight ends)

On-field workout (timing and position drills)
Depart Indianapolis

Day 2 arrivals (quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs)

NFLPA meeting
Psychological testing
Bench press
Team interviews

Day 3 arrivals (defensive linemen, linebackers)

Medical examinations
Team interviews

Day 4 arrivals (defensive backs)

Hospital pre-exam and X-rays
Team interviews

TV Coverage: NFL Network
Online CoverageNFL.com/combine/live
Start Time: 6 AM PST daily

What does it mean for the 49ers?

I suspect they'll be keeping an eye out on the interior linemen, given Jonathan Goodwin's impending departure. We know that the team will focus more on the film, but the Combine can at least provide some confirmation if they are not 100 percent certain about a given guy.

The arrival of defensive backs is kind of big for the 49ers. The team has question marks at cornerback and potentially strong safety. Even if they know the guys they want, they'll still be keeping an eye on them this week. I don't think potential player meetings will give us much insight, but they'll give us something to speculate on for the near future!

Players to Watch

Nick Chiamardas has some thoughts on a couple defensive backs to watch in the coming days.

Defensive Backs

S Calvin Pryor, Louisville: Pryor might be my favorite prospect in this year's draft. When you watch him play you can't help but get excited for what the future holds. Pryor is a do-it-all safety who is just as good agaisnt the run as he is in coverage. He's incredibly physical without being a liablity with missed tackles. I expect his size 6-2, 208lbs and freakish athleticism to push him into the number one safety spot and would even predict he is the first safety off the board in this year's draft.

CB Keith McGill, Utah: McGill has already been labeled as the next Richard Sherman which really isn't fair. Sure he's big (6-3, 214lbs) but that doesn't mean he's Sherman. I expect McGill to post a really good forty time  as he's rumored to be in the 4.4s. With that size a time anywhere close to 4.4 will probably get McGill over-drafted. I like his potential but there are a lot of technique and tackling questions. There are also some durability questions given he missed the better part of two seasons at Utah.

Group 10, 11 Participants

DB Mo Alexander, Utah State
DB Ricardo Allen, Purdue
DB Dion Bailey, USC
DB Deion Belue, Alabama
DB Bene' Benwikere, San Jose State
DB Nat Berhe, San Diego State
DB Tre Boston, North Carolina
DB Bashaud Breeland, Clemson
DB Terrence Brooks, Florida State
DB Deone Bucannon, Washington State
DB T.J. Carrie, Ohio
DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
DB Ross Cockrell, Duke
DB Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma
DB Chris Davis, Auburn
DB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
DB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood
DB A.D. Dixon, Baylor
DB Brandon Dixon, Northwest Missouri State
DB Jonathan Dowling, Western Kentucky
DB Antone Exum, Virginia Tech
DB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
DB E.J. Gaines, Missouri
DB Phillip Gaines, Rice
DB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
DB Demetri Goodson, Baylor
DB Dre Hal, Vanderbilt
DB Victor Hampton, South Carolina
DB Marqueston Huff, Wyoming
DB Bennett Jackson ,Notre Dame
DB Kendall James, Maine
DB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
DB Dontae Johnson, North Carolina State
DB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
DB Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt
DB Nevo Lawson, Utah State
DB Isaiah Lewis, Michigan State
DB Craig Loston, LSU
DB Dex McDougle, Maryland
DB Keith McGill, Utah
DB Terrence Mitchell, Oregon
DB Jabari Price, North Carolina
DB Calvin Pryor, Louisville
DB Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida
DB Keith Reaser, Florida Atlantic
DB Ed Reynolds, Stanford
DB Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State
DB Marcus Roberson, Florida
DB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
DB Daniel Sorensen, BYU
DB Dez Southward, Wisconsin
DB Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama
DB Jemea Thomas, Georgia Tech
DB Brock Vereen, Minnesota
DB Jason Verrett, TCU
DB Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
DB Todd Washington, Southeastern Louisiana
DB Jaylen Watkins, Florida

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