Auburn Football 2013 NFL Draft Tracker and Analysis

Ian BergCorrespondent IApril 19, 2013

Auburn Football 2013 NFL Draft Tracker and Analysis

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    Auburn, which has produced more than its share of NFL draft picks over the years, is at it again this year.

    Five players, including all-star tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen and all-everything wide receiver Emory Blake, figure to have their names called on draft weekend.

    Here is a look at the Tigers looking for contracts in the 2013 draft. 

    Note: Player profiles will be updated once drafted. 

Corey Lemonier: DE

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    Where He Was Selected: TBD 

    Height: 6’3”

    Weight: 255 pounds

    Lemonier was extremely sporadic at Auburn, failing to prove that he was effective against the run. At times, he outran plays.

    There was also an obvious issue his ability to finish tackles and upper body strength. He has to correct those issues at the next level.

    He figures to be outside linebacker at the next level where his speed will be an asset. He posted an impressive 40-yard dash time at the combine (@FootballAU):

    Auburn's Corey Lemonier official time in 40 at #NFLCombine posted at 4.60, third fastest in the DE/DL group #WarEagle

    Auburn Football (@FootballAU) February 25, 2013

    Lemonier has a great shot to thrive in San Francisco with the talent that will surround him. He has the intangibles to be a stud, he just has to step out and become a consistent and complete player. 

Philip Lutzenkirchen: TE

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    Where He Was Selected: TBD 

    Height: 6’3”

    Weight: 258 pounds

    Philip Lutzenkirchen was a consistent performer over the past few seasons, making plays in the passing game and showing versatility as a lead blocker in an H-back role.

    His versatility has created a lot of buzz about his draft status, but recent hip surgery (via al.com) that ended his senior season is a concern. Tight ends have to have durability to be effective in the NFL.

    ESPN's Todd McShay had this to say about Lutzenkirchen (via al.com):

    He's 6-3, 255, he doesn't have the ideal size necessarily, but I think he can be a productive X tight end, or a Joker, whatever you want to call it. He's a hard worker. He's not the fastest guy in the world, he's not the most athletic, but he has a knack for slipping off the line, getting open in play-action, he has a knack for catching the ball and getting to the end zone, making plays in the red zone. He's a smart, tough guy that if he can stay healthy at the next level, he can really contribute.

     

    Route running and hands are Lutzenkirchen's strengths. He is an elite talent in the passing game who could see his draft stock rise as NFL teams look for a talented receiver at tight end.

    He will be a solid pick for a team, but he will need a year to develop his size and aggression for the next level. 

Emory Blake: WR

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    Where He Was Selected: TBD 

    Height: 6’0”

    Weight: 189 pounds

    Emory Blake has been the go-to receiver over the past two seasons. An otherwise terrible passing attack became electric with Blake on the field making plays.

    He battled nagging injuries his entire career, but still was a talented playmaker and solid possession receiver.

    His 4.6 40-yard dash doesn’t jump off the paper, but he has the intangibles that will make NFL teams take a second look.

    ESPN’s Todd McShay had this to say about Blake (via al.com):

    He's got average measurables. 6-foot, 196 pounds, we've got him around a 4.6 in the 40. He's not going to be an explosive player, but I think as a No. 4 or a No. 5, he can contribute. He'll probably get drafted late…he understands the game, he's passionate about the game, and he catches the ball well in traffic. He does a lot of the little things you have to do to hang onto a roster. I think Blake will wind up becoming a contributor at the next level and has a chance to do so for the next few years if he can find out a way to help on special teams.

     

    There is a lot to like about Blake. He will be a steal for a team that picks him up late or in free agency. 

Onterio McCalebb: RB

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    Where He Was Selected: TBD 

    Height: 5’10”

    Weight: 168 pounds

    Onterio McCalebb has filled a specific role in the Auburn offense over the past few years, but that role may have to change once he hits the NFL.

    He has been a consistent return threat on kickoffs and has improved as a receiver the past two years. As Matt Miller points out (via Twitter), his future may be at a position besides running back:

    Onterio McCalebb is super fast, but he's super small too. Probably not a RB at the next level. Maybe a returner and slot receiver.

    — Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 24, 2013

    He has elite speed, but he has a small-framed, track-type body. He is not built to take hits, and he never does. McCalebb is a player who can be knocked out for a few plays, but has the toughness to return.

    Because he has the 4.34 40-yard dash speed and solid field vision, McCalebb could go in the late rounds of the draft. He will be a bargain who will pay dividends on special teams immediately. 

John Sullen: OL

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    Where He Was Selected: TBD 

    Height: 6’5” 

    Weight: 313 pounds

    Over the past few seasons, John Sullen has been a steady contributor on the offensive line.

    He has helped pave the way for 1,000-yard rushers in each season, but he has struggled to fight off defenders in the passing game. He has to become a better pass-blocker if he wants to contribute early.

    He has the ability to join a ground-and-pound system and become a star on the interior line, but few teams in the NFL rely on the ground game, and pass blocking has become a growing focus.

    Sullen has a solid work ethic and could be a solid contributor for a team as he develops his footwork and pass blocking.