One of the hottest names right now on draftnik big boards is Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier. In a conference with at least three edge rushers ticketed for the top half of the first round (LSU's Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, and Georgia's Jarvis Jones), Lemonier is generating buzz with his physical play and all-around contributions to the Auburn defense. Let's take a look at just how he creates an impact in so many areas.
Lemonier is solidly built at 6'4" 246 lbs, but he is not an explosive quick-twitch athlete, nor is he a particularly fluid athlete. He does play with great power and a combative nature, and Lemonier's motor keeps him going even when the play isn't run to his side of the field. The defensive end generally finishes what he starts, although his lack of outstanding overall athleticism can cause him to get overmatched by superior athletes in the open field.
Lemonier is not a classic "shot out of a cannon" edge rusher who defeats his opponent with a lightning-quick first step. His tenacity and anticipation can still lead to sacks and game-changing plays. On this play, the offensive tackle attempts to cut block Lemonier low by going at his ankles:
Lemonier puts his hand on the ground and stays on his feet to defeat the attempt: