Pour me a cold draft in Indy

I’m traveling to chilly Indianapolis today for the NFL Scouting Combine, and I’m not going for the view. In fact, if you park yourself in front of your television set, you’ll have a much better vantage point of what’s happening inside Lucas Oil Stadium.


Still, as far as information and access, there’s no finer place to be over the next few days than Indianapolis. I’ll be filing reports around the clock from Thursday morning until I jump on my return flight home Sunday evening.


The media is not allowed into dome to watch the workouts, yet all the skills and drills will be televised on the NFL’s network. Well, there is one opportunity for the print media to see the “action.” A select few media members are allowed to witness the Sunday quarterback-receiver drills. Last year, I volunteered to provide pool reports. I was assigned to keep close tabs on Fresno State quarterback Tom Brandstater and BYU receiver Austin Collie. I’ll probably raise my hand again this year.


In the media work room at the stadium, all sets are tuned to the combine. But I will rarely look up at the screens. That’s because there’s enough stuff going on at all times to stay busy. Coaches and general managers from nearly every NFL team will be brought in to conduct interviews. Also, the media will have access to more than 100 of the 330 players invited to participate in the combine.


Niners coach Mike Singletary and GM Scot McCloughan are scheduled to take questions early Thursday morning.


The first group of players scheduled to have media accessibility on Thursday are the offensive linemen (that should keep me busy), tight ends and specialists. Those groups will also be the first to run their 40-yard dashes and do all their on-field workouts. That part of the combine begins Saturday.


I’ll do my best to cobble together as much noteworthy information as possible during my stay in Indianapolis. And I’m always open to suggestions.


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Media accessibility


Thursday: Offensive line, tight ends, specialists

Friday: Quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs

Saturday: Defensive line, linebackers

Sunday: Defensive backs



Saturday: Offensive line, tight ends, specialists

Sunday: Quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs

Monday: Defensive line, linebackers

Tuesday: Defensive backs


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In case you missed the 49ers Position Profiles that ran here over the past couple weeks, you can check out the personnel the 49ers currently have on their roster, along with analysis, through the below links:




Running backs


Wide receivers


Tight ends


Offensive line


Defensive line


Outside linebackers/defensive ends


Inside linebackers


Defensive backs


Special teams


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