Previewing What the 49ers Will Be Looking for at the Scouting Combine

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Previewing What the 49ers Will Be Looking for at the Scouting Combine
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The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off on Saturday, February 22, providing teams with one final up-close look at the players they're interested in drafting three months from now. 

It goes without saying that coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke of the San Francisco 49ers will attack this process with "enthusiasm unknown to mankind," knowing that a proficient four-day visit at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis may be the final polish they need for this year's draft analyses.

Over the past three years, this is a club that has thrived in the offseason behind the planning and execution of these two. 

They've built this team up to win now, while laying the groundwork for a different kind of animal four or so years from now. This is very much their time to shine. The combine has helped them in this process because they've been able to to get player measurements and judge what translates, as well as what they have to work with.

Moreover, and certainly unique to the 49ers, they value the interview process.

They ask the right questions and find the players with the mindset that's fitting to their organizational philosophy. It's all about confluence. Sometimes commitment and heart can make up for being a tenth of a second too slow on your 40-time, and the 49ers understand this. 

So, in their quest to add another layer to this team, we'll narrow down San Francisco's to-do list at the last major scouting event of the year. 

 

 

Measurables courtesy of NFL Draft Scout and CBS Sports, unless specified otherwise. Contract information is provided by Spotrac

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