Dec 7, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (44) during the game against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Baylor Bears defeated the Texas Longhorns 30-10 to win the Big 12 championship. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Scouting Combine: What To Look For Today

Jan 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Stanford Cardinal linebacker Trent Murphy (93) celebrates the touchdown against Michigan State Spartans during the first half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine continues today, as the defensive line, and linebackers will hit the field. We have seen the offensive line, tight ends, running backs, wide receivers, and quarterbacks complete their workouts, and they gave us a fine showing.

From a Patriots perspective, here are a few guys to keep an eye on today, if you get the chance to observe the Combine.

Aaron Donald

The Pats are in desperate need of some depth at the defensive tackle position, and Donald could be a guy that can help solidify the middle of the New England defense.

Ra’Shede Hageman

Hageman is another defensive tackle, and like Donald, he is coming out of college as more of a pass rushing type of player. New England could use someone like this, because as great as a healthy Vince Wilfork is, he isn’t the best in pushing the pocket on third downs.

Jadeveon Clowney

The Patriots have absolutely no shot at drafting Clowney, but he has been hyped up so much, so you can’t miss out on taking a look at his workout. He could potentially vault to the top of the draft with a good performance, but he could also slide a little bit, if he fails to live up to the hype.

Trent Murphy

Murphy isn’t the most athletic defensive end out there, but he certainly has NFL-type talent, and he is someone the Pats may end up taking a flyer on. Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich were good in 2013, but they had to play nearly every single defensive snap all year long. Obtaining some depth on the edge should be a priority for New England.

Jackson Jeffcoat 

As a Texas Longhorn fan, I have watched a ton of Jeffcoat over the last couple of seasons. I really like what I have seen, and while he is an inconsistent player, he has a lot of potential.

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