The NFL scouting combine is about to get into high gear as the on-field workouts begin at Lucas Oil Stadium.
For the second consecutive season Kyle Shanahan and his staff will not be attending. San Francisco will have the front office and scouting department on hand with the coaching staff watching drills and attending meetings with players online.
Although San Francisco currently will not select until the end of round three, the 49ers have ten picks to bolster their roster.
Here is the schedule and what 49ers fans should focus on each day.
Thursday: Defensive linemen and linebackers (3 p.m. Pacific start time)
While San Francisco is well stocked at linebacker, they have several spots to fill along the defensive line.
Finding an edge rusher opposite Nick Bosa is a top priority this offseason. The 49ers hope a full NFL offseason will help Drake Jackson be that player after grabbing the former USC pass rusher in the second round last year.
In the middle the 49ers have veterans Arik Armstead, Javon Kinlaw, and Kevin Givens returning.
Kalia Davis, a sixth round pick last season, will look to make the team after spending 2022 on the NFI list due to a knee injury. Davis is similar in build to former 49ers defensive tackle D.J. Jones.
Interior defensive linemen to watch include: Mazi Smith, Adetomiwa Adebawore, Keione Wright, Zacch Pickens, and Dante Stills.
Edge rushers to keep an eye on: Nick Herbig, Viliami Fehoko, Karl Brooks, Thomas Incoom, Nick Hampton.
Friday: Defensive backs and special teams (3 p.m. Pacific start time)
The 49ers look set with Charvarius Ward. Deommodore Lenoir and Samuel Womack have the ability to play in the slot or on the edge. Emmanuel Moseley is a possibility to return if the free agent market doesn’t work out. Ambry Thomas started several games in 2021 but seemed to fall out of favor with the coaching staff.
Talanoa Hufanga was an All-Pro in his first season as a starter. However, the other safety spot is the one position San Francisco does not have a young player looking to break into the lineup.
San Francisco will have an eye on kickers during the combine with Robbie Gould set to be a free agent.
Cornerbacks to watch: Kelee Ringo, Clark Phillips III, DJ Turner, Starling Thomas V.
Safeties to keep an eye on: JL Skinner, Karl Brooks, Jordan Battle, Jammie Robinson.
Prospects at kicker include Jake Moody, Andre Szmyt, and Will Reichard.
Saturday: Quarterbacks, wide receivers, and tight ends (1 p.m. Pacific start time)
Uncertainty around Brock Purdy’s availability makes it likely the 49ers will look to draft a quarterback for the third consecutive year.
San Francisco has five receivers set for 2023.
While the 49ers are unlikely to add a receiver through the draft, going with a tight end makes a lot of sense.
The only tight end currently signed for 2023 other than George Kittle is Charlie Woerner. Let’s be real, Woerner does not have good hands and is a mediocre blocker.
Quarterbacks to watch include Jake Haener, Aidan O’Connell, Max Duggan, Dorian Thompson-Robinson.
Tight end prospects include Tucker Kraft, McCallum Castles, Luke Schoonmaker, Josh Whyle
Sunday: Running backs and offensive linemen (1 p.m. Pacific start time)
Mike McGlinchey is expected to test the free agent market. The right tackle is among the best in the game and is projected to be out of the 49ers price range.
In house candidates to replace McGlinchey include Colton McKivitz and Daniel Brunskill.
The 49ers also could be looking for a center. Jake Brendel stepped into the starting lineup in 2022. In his first full year as the starter, Brendel performed well enough to be named an alternate for the Pro Bowl.
Brendel’s price tag may be within the 49ers budget. If it’s not San Francisco may look to 2022 draft pick Nick Zakelj to step in. Daniel Brunskill could be an option here as well.
Offensive lineman to keep an eye on: Joe Tippman, Olesgun Oluywatimi, Ricky Stromberg, Cody Mauch, McClendon Curtis, Wanya Morris, Blake Freeland.