The Atlanta Falcons need more pass-rushers. Corey Lemonier is one of the best fits for the defense run by Mike Nolan. And according to Joel A. Erickson of AL.com, Lemonier visited the Falcons on March 29. He will be a good fit for what the Falcons are trying to do on defense. So, let's go over what makes him a potential future Falcon:
Height: 6'3-3/8" Weight: 255 pounds
Arm Length: 34-1/2" Hand Measurement: 10-1/8"
40 yard dash: 4.56 sec. 10 yard split: 1.56 sec.
20 yard shuttle: 4.40 sec. 3-cone Drill: 7.14 sec. Bench Reps: 27 reps
Vertical Jump: 34.0" Broad Jump: 9'11"
2012: 12 Games Played, 34 Tackles, 5.5 Tackles for Loss, 5.5 Sacks, 12 QB Hurries, 1 Fumble Forced, 1 Pass Deflection, 1 Blocked Kick
2011: 13 Games Played, 47 Tackles, 13.5 Tackles for Loss, 9.5 Sacks, 15 QB Hurries, 5 Fumbles Forced, 1 Fumble Recovered, 1 Blocked Kick
2010: 14 Games Played, 17 Tackles, 5.0 Tackles for Loss, 2.0 Sacks, 6 QB Hurries, 1 Fumble Forced
Corey Lemonier is an athletically gifted and intelligent player. He's got great pass-rushing skills and solid hand usage. He relies on his natural quickness and agility to run the arc and has shown to be a tremendous talent as a pass-rusher.
He can diagnose run vs. pass very effectively. He runs down plays with effective pursuit and tends to not over-pursue. He can shed blocks effectively. Off the field, he's a true leader in the locker room and the kind of player any coach would love to have.
As far as run defense, Lemonier is solid, but he does get locked up by stronger offensive tackles. He also has a ton of issues when it comes to getting through double-teams both against the pass and the run. While he can set the edge and plug, he has to get better at pushing through the double-teams.
There's also a big question as to his coverage ability. He hasn't really been tested there, and in the Falcons 3-4 and Amoeba formations, this will be something huge for them to worry about. Fortunately, it's not a talent question but a usage question.
Lemonier has a ton of talent, but has some things that he will have to answer when it comes to his play on the field. Luckily, his character and off-field personality has no detrimental effect to his future. It will be interesting to see what the Falcons would do with the athletic and intelligent defensive end/linebacker combo player.
How Does He Fit the Comrade Filter?
Off the field, he is squeaky clean with absolutely no rap sheet and no suspensions. He is a known leader on Auburn's defense and was one of the few that actually kept working hard despite the team around him failing. He's an ideal fit for the Comrade filter and just the guy to bring in for the Falcons.
How He Would Fit into the Falcons' Plans
Corey Lemonier is someone who could fit in as high as the first round or as low as the third-round pick for the Falcons. He's an excellent fit for Mike Nolan's defense and his character fits in well with what the Falcons have been wanting in the locker room.
He will be able to play in both the 3-4 and the 4-3 fronts, and he could even provide another "Amoeba" style defender for the 2-4-5 and 1-5-5 sets that Nolan loves to run. If he can pick up coverage techniques well, Lemonier could be a steal in the 2013 draft and long-term starter.
All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy Spotrac and Rotoworld. All recruiting rankings come from 247Sports.com.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com.
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