Corey Lemonier: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Auburn DE
Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier is a quick and powerful edge pass-rusher who is projected to play outside linebacker in the NFL.
His production dropped his junior year after a strong sophomore campaign, possibly hurting his stock.
Despite a lackluster second half of the 2012 season, he is considered a talent and projects to be a second- or third-round pick.
Going into the draft, here are some things you need to know about him.
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Full Name: Corey Lemonier
Birthday: Nov. 19, 1991
Hometown: Hialeah, Florida
High School: Hialeah High
Major: Public Administration
Lemonier decided to enter the NFL draft after an unremarkable junior season. Time will tell if it was the correct decision.
2010: 14 games, 17 tackles (five for loss), two sacks, one forced fumble
2011: 13 games, 47 tackles (13.5 for loss), 9.5 sacks, five forced fumbles
2012: 12 games, 34 tackles (5.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble
Lemonier's production dropped in 2012 after a stellar 2011 season where he was named First Team All-SEC. More troubling is the fact that it declined during the second half of the season with stronger competition.
Perhaps he started playing down to Auburn's overall talent level. Whatever the reason, some NFL teams might consider it a red flag.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com.
Lemonier at Auburn pro day
Weight: 255 pounds
Arm Length: 34.5"
Hand Size: 10.125"
NFL Combine Results
40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds
Bench press: 27 reps
Broad jump: 119 inches
Vertical jump: 33 inches
Three-cone drill: 7.13 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.40 seconds
Auburn Pro Day Results
Lemonier did not compete in any measurable events.
Overall, Lemonier had a solid NFL combine. Among defensive ends, he tied for third in the 40 and tied for eighth in the 20-yard shuttle. He was one rep shy of being ranked among the top performers in the bench press.
He did not compete in any of the measurable events at the Auburn pro day, opting to participate in only the linebacker drills. By not competing, he appeared to be comfortable enough with his combine results
NFL combine results courtesy of NFL.com.
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From his draft profile on NFL.com: "The fact that Lemonier does not quit on plays, and has a good motor, combined with his athletic potential will likely cast him as a second or third rounder, despite some serious questions about the translating of his play to the next level."