- 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Representatives from 15 NFL teams gathered at Auburn's pro day on March 5. A total of 10 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. Corey Lemonier, DE (6-3, 255) - Lemonier stood on most of his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine (he posted the third-best time for defensive linemen in the 40 - 4.60 seconds). He did do the vertical at Auburn's pro day, jumping 34 inches. Lemonier did position drills led by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker coach Keith Butler. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
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Although he didn't start as a true freshman, Lemonier was a valuable rusher off the bench for the Tigers National Title team in 2010. He became a starter as a sophomore in 2011 and set career-highs across the board with 47 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. Lemonier jumped out to a quick start in 2012 as a junior with five sacks over the first four games, but he managed just a half sack over the final eight contests in an otherwise forgettable season for most of Auburn's players.
Lemonier is able to beat tackles with his speed upfield and in pursuit, showing the vision and agility to weave through the trash. While possessing some exciting traits, he has some flaws with some stiffness in his upper body, lacking the functional strength or lateral agility to beat blockers once engaged. Although he struggles to shed blocks, even by tight ends and running backs, Lemonier shows excellent effort and the NFL is always looking for talented pass rushers with upside.
Strengths: Quick off the edge and the type of rusher than can only be contained for so long. Blend of sped and power to penetrate the pocket and pressure the quarterback. Flashes raw power at the point of attack with a sharp punch, appearing stronger than in past years. Has experience dropping in space and has been given coverage responsibilities. Never quits in his pursuit and is tough to stop, can only hope to slow him down. Ferocious hitter and looks for the knockout blow. Will line up as a stand up linebacker and rush from different angles.
Weaknesses: Still developing his run awareness and technique. Needs to improve his discipline in space and better understand his surroundings. Too often overpursues off the snap and can be overaggressive, taking himself out of plays. Inconsistent snap anticipation and needs to cut down on the offsides penalties. Will get hung up on blocks and hand use in the trenches still a work in progress. Needs to consistently finish once he gets his hands on the ballcarrier. Disappointing second half of 2012 and played down to the level of the rest of the team.