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Corey Lemonier | Defensive End

Team: Auburn Tigers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 242

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49ers selected Auburn OLB Corey Lemonier with the No. 88 overall pick.
Lemonier (6-3, 255) is a long-armed (34 1/2") speed rusher with 4.6-flat wheels and a blazing 1.57 ten-yard split time. He played defensive end in Auburn's 4-3, but will be a stand-up outside linebacker in San Francisco. Lemonier notched 17 sacks and 24 tackles for loss in his college career. He needs to improve getting off of blocks and maintaining consistent down-to-down focus. Lemonier will be brought along slowly in San Francisco behind Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Parys Haralson, and Tank Carradine. The 49ers are filthy rich with pass rushers. Fri, Apr 26, 2013 10:00:00 PM

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NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah is "not a big fan" of Auburn pass rusher Corey Lemonier.

"Flashes shake/bull pass rush move and plays hard but I'm not a big fan," Jeremiah tweeted. Lemonier is "stuck on blocks in every tape." When asked to compare the Auburn product to Bruce Irvin, Jeremiah added "Irvin had rare get-off and don't see that same burst from Lemonier." He views the pass rusher as a third-round talent.
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 10:29:00 AM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports Auburn DL Corey Lemonier visited with the Atlanta Falcons and will have a workout in April.

La Canfora doesn't offer any specific scheduled date for Lemonier and the Falcons. At his pro day, Lemonier did pass coverage drills, which showed teams that he could potentially be a stand-up linebacker. The Falcons are a multiple defense and could look to use him in the same manner as Kroy Biermann if he is indeed drafted.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 05:57:00 PM

National Football Post's Russ Lande reports that Auburn LB Corey Lemonier did only pass coverage drills at his pro day.

"While his linebacker workout was okay, it is clear he is a little stiff and is going to need work playing upright and off the ball in pass coverage," Lande writes. "His pass rush skills will likely have him on the board for 43 teams as a defensive end, but after his showing today teams that run 34 defenses will likely feel comfortable converting him to a rush-linebacker." It should be noted 3-4 OLBs typically drop into the flats when in coverage.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 01:44:00 PM

Steelers LB Coach Keith Butler put Auburn DE/OLB Corey Lemonier through his Pro Day workout.

Don't read into this too much, but Lemonier would fit a need for the Steelers in the first-round. Lemonier has an explosive get off and strong hands on contact, but he tends to lose backfield vision, taking himself out of plays too often.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 09:38:00 AM

Auburn DE/OLB Corey Lemonier ran an unofficial 4.53 forty, with a 1.57 10 yard split, at the NFL Combine.

Lemonier is an athletic specimen and projects best as an edge rusher in a two point stance. We like his strong hands and extension on first contact, but Lemonier goes to the ground too often and loses backfield vision.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 10:39:00 AM

Auburn junior DE Corey Lemonier has declared for the NFL Draft.

Lemonier said he may be a third-rounder and added he can play defensive end or linebacker as a pass rusher in the NFL. It was a down year for the entire Auburn program, so teams will need to spotlight Lemonier's performances and see where he projects best.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 05:57:00 PM

SI's Tony Pauline cites a source that said the firing of Auburn head coach Gene Chizik "all but assures" junior DE/OLB Corey Lemonier will depart to the NFL.

Lemonier started the season on a tear but tapered off in the final weeks. He added weight to his frame, but Lemonier will likely intrigue teams that deploy three man and four man fronts.
Thu, Nov 29, 2012 10:35:00 AM

Auburn junior DE Corey Lemonier stated that he will wait on making his decision on whether or not to enter the 2013 Draft.

"I don’t know," Lemonier said. "We’re still in the season. So I’m just trying to focus on the season." Lucky for him, there isn't much left of the season to focus on for the Auburn Tiger. Lemonier added weight in the offseason and looks noticeably bigger, but both for man front and three man front teams will be interested in the junior, the latter at outside linebacker.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 02:59:00 PM

After a hot start to the season, recording five sacks in four games, Auburn junior DE Corey Lemonier has failed to generate a sack in the last three games.

Lemonier has been getting occasional pressure on the opposing quarterback, but many are going to point to his lack of production this season if he chooses to declare for the 2013 Draft. The junior added ten pounds of muscle in the offseason and looked solid against Clemson in week one, but his play has gone south, just like the rest of the team.
Wed, Oct 24, 2012 12:32:00 PM

Auburn junior Corey Lemonier has recently been asked by defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder to rush from a variety of angles, not just from his traditional DE spot.

Lemonier had occasionally dropped into coverage when zone blitzes were called, but last week against LSU he was used as a stand-up rusher at times. "I've had my hand on the ground all the time," Lemonier said. "This is new to me, but I'm not complaining." The Tigers will likely keep the junior on the edge but at times could move him inside to blitz A gaps. NFL evaluators love this, because instead of projecting they will actually have snaps on tape of Lemonier pass rushing from a two-point stance, something he could do frequently if drafted by a 3-4 based team.
Wed, Oct 3, 2012 10:53:00 AM

Despite his 10 pound weight gain, Auburn junior DE Corey Lemonier stated that his biggest offseason improvement was refining his technique.

When asked to discuss his improvements against the run, Lemonier stated "it's all hands and footwork. My stance would be too narrow, so I widened up my stance, and it helped a lot." The junior's responsibility has changed a bit under new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder's system. Instead of playing the "quick" end on the weak side, Lemonier will be stuck to one side of the defensive line this season and may occasionally drop back into coverage.
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 08:50:00 AM

SI's Tony Pauline believes Auburn junior DE Corey Lemonier will likely make the move to pass rushing OLB in the NFL.

Pauline considers Lemonier an undersized pass rusher with good athleticism and speed. Last season, the Tiger collected 13.5 tackles for loss including 9.5 sacks. Lemonier was the only real pass rushing threat on Auburn's defense and would benefit from his teammates' improvement. Pauline gives Lemonier a sixth-round projection headed into 2012.
Sat, Jul 14, 2012 11:27:00 AM