2018 NFL Draft

Corey Lemonier, DE

School: Auburn  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Hialeah, FL
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 255 lbs.
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03/06/2013 - 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

03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Corey Lemonier...Lemonier decided to stand pat on his combine results and only participated in linebacker drills with former teammate Jonathan Evans. Lemonier said afterwards that his goal was to prove he can move like a linebacker, and he's committed to being prepared for possibly playing outside linebacker in the NFL. Lemonier looked fluid in the footwork and reaction drills. Lemonier is also a high motor player, and he tried to show that by going all out in the drills. It's unclear whether or not the decision to not compete in the 40, the bench press or the other drills will hurt his stock, but he still remains a candidate to go anywhere in the first three rounds. - Andrew Yawn, The Auburn Plainsman

03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: "I think I showed the scouts that I can play linebacker too," said Corey Lemonier, who participated in only defensive position drills and the vertical jump (34") after competing at the NFL Combine in February. "I have the hips to do it. I think I have to get better out there with my technique. The linebacker drills were different than the combine, but I believe I proved I could do them too." - Auburn football

03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: On the defensive side of the ball, most scouts wanted to see Corey Lemonier. He says the draft process is tough. "It's really time demanding especially at the combine," Lemonier said. "You go to sleep at one in the morning and wake up at four o clock in the morning. It was just very stressful. It's just four days out of the year. You just have to have fun with it. I don' think anybody knows how time demanding it is."

Most players wouldn't talk about where they think they'll be drafted. They were letting their bench presses and speed drills speak for them. But, Lemonier did show some confidence. "To be honest, I think I should go in the first (round), said Lemonier. "But, I'll just be happy to make a team and have successful career. That's my goal." These guys are among the last Auburn players that were on the national championship winning team. They hope to find that same success at the next level. - Dayne Young, WRBL TV 3 News

03/05/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Corey Lemonier didn't bench press, jump or run a 40-yard dash Tuesday, but he still entered Auburn's pro day with something to prove. After playing defensive end in his three seasons with the Tigers, Lemonier is expected to switch to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive system. Before NFL scouts Tuesday, he said his goal was to prove he could play from a two-point stance. "Just show that I can play linebacker," Lemonier said when asked what his goal was for Auburn's pro day. "My ability to bend my hips and look athletic out there."

Lemonier only did individual linebacker drills Tuesday, letting his 4.6-second 40-yard dash, 27 bench press reps, 33-inch vertical leap, 9-feet-11 broad jump, 4.4-second short shuttle and combine-best 7.14-second 3-cone drill stand. From now until the draft, Lemonier said he'll continue to work out in Phoenix, Ariz. His regimen includes mixed martial arts, which he says helps improve flexibility and hand work. - Ryan Wood, The Opelika-Auburn News

03/05/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Defensive end Corey Lemonier did not participate in most of the on-field tests, opting to stand on his Scouting Combine performance that included a 4.60 40-yard time and showed off a bulked-up physique at 255 pounds. He worked out with linebackers and some teams project him to outside linebacker on Tuesday. Lemonier is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 13 defensive end, but could go in the third or fourth round. "They ask me basically what happened that year, and I told them coming into the season, we had a dark cloud over our heads with the shooting and players getting arrested," Lemonier told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. "We didn't have the talent to match up with teams in the SEC. It was nothing (about) character -- our motivation was still there. But it was just a lack of talent." - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

03/05/2013 - Former Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier is preparing for a switch to outside linebacker in the NFL. The Tigers' top prospect worked in drills at his expected new position at Tuesday's pro day, letting most of his numbers from the NFL combine stand. Lemonier worked under the supervision of Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler. He says Butler told him "definitely I could play some linebacker." He's projected as a likely second- or third-round draft pick.

The other players working out before representatives from 23 teams included tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, tailback Onterio McCalebb and receiver Emory Blake. Lemonier is the only Auburn player expected to be drafted before the late rounds. He says his response to NFL teams about the 3-9 season is it was "just lack of talent." - AP Sports

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Most to gain: An SEC underclassman who isn't a household name, Auburn's Corey Lemonier, has the natural athleticism to be an impact pass rusher at the next level. He needs to develop his strength and pass-rush moves. If Lemonier tests well, a team might be willing to take a chance on his upside much earlier than most project. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/31/2012 - Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier will forego his senior season to enter the NFL Draft in April, ESPN's Joe Schad reported Monday night. Lemonier was considered one of the nation's premier pass rushers entering the 2012 season. An All-SEC first team selection in 2011, he gained prominence as a pro prospect after finishing his sophomore season with 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.

In early November, a couple weeks before season's end, Lemonier was skittish when asked about his future this offseason. He said his decision on whether to stay for his final Auburn season would boil down to his performance. Lemonier had 5.5 sacks and tackles for loss as a junior this past fall.

"It's all about performance," Lemonier said. "It's self-explanatory. So I feel like if I don't do good, then you know. If I do good, it's ..."I'm just trying to focus on the season."

Lemonier's production had a significant drop off midway through the fall. He had five of his sacks in the first four games, and only a half sack in the final eight weeks. - Ryan Wood, Opelika-Auburn News

12/31/2012 - For Auburn fans, 2012 was a year to forget... and in losing arguably their best player early to the NFL, it can't end soon enough. Junior defensive end Corey Lemonier, rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 55 overall prospect, is electing to head early to the NFL, according to a report from ESPN's Joe Schad. Lemonier (pronounced Lemon-ear) was listed by Auburn at 6-4, 246 pounds but played defensive end for the Tigers. He exploded onto the SEC scene as a sophomore, recording 47 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks to earn first-team accolades by conference coaches.

He started off the 2012 season equally impressively, notching five sacks in Auburn's first four games but struggled down the stretch, recording just half a sack the rest of the way as opponents shifted their blocking schemes to eliminate the Tigers' best threat. He finished with 34 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks as the Tigers limped to a 3-9 record (including 0-8 in the SEC).

According to Schad, Lemonier earned a third round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. This would appear to be an indication that scouts have some concern as to how the pass rusher might transfer his abilities into the league.

While productive against elite competition in college, Lemonier lacks the bulk to handle full-time responsibilities as a classic 4-3 defensive end and may lack the flexibility necessary to drop into coverage. What he can do, however, is rush the passer, showing not only a quick first step but a nice spin move back inside to complement it. He's a well-built athlete who plays hard and pursues downfield with passion. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - Corey Lemonier, Auburn, has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Auburn football

09/11/2012 - DE Corey Lemonier notched his third sack of the season at Mississippi State, 15th of his career. He's one away from joining Auburn's all-time top 10. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Auburn at Mississippi State, Sept. 8 -- The Tigers have won four straight in the series, but three of those have come by a total of 11 points. Last year, Auburn stuffed QB Chris Relf on the goal line on the game's final play to preserve a 41-34 victory. This is a statement game for the Bulldogs, who seem ready to move up the SEC West hierarchy. KEYS TO THE GAME: Auburn has to execute better in the red zone to win in Starkville. And the Tigers need to tackle better, especially against Bulldogs RB LaDarius Perkins. Vick Ballard's replacement averaged 7.3 yards a carry and scored two first-half touchdowns in Mississippi State's season-opening victory over Jackson State. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Corey Lemonier -- A first-team All-SEC selection last season, Lemonier picked up where he left off. He got two sacks against Clemson after posting a team-high 9 1/2 sacks last year. For the Tigers to win, Lemonier and Dee Ford, who had two sacks vs. Clemson, must disrupt QB Tyler Russell's rhythm. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: No. 25 Auburn vs. No. 14 Clemson, Sept. 1, Georgia Dome, Atlanta -- Clemson ended Auburn's 17-game winning streak in last year's 38-24 home victory. Auburn had no answer for Clemson QB Tajh Boyd, who completed 30-of-42 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns. However, Clemson's top wideout, Sammy Watkins, is suspended for the first two games because of an offseason arrest. KEYS TO THE GAME: Clemson has three first-time starters on its offensive line, so look for Auburn to bring a ton of pressure. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd doesn't have his favorite target, suspended WR Sammy Watkins, but he's got dangerous weapons in WR DeAndre Hopkins and RB Andre Ellington. Auburn's Kiehl Frazier, recently awarded the starting QB job, won't get a chance to ease in. Auburn needs him to limit mistakes to stay in the game. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Corey Lemonier -- The first-team All-SEC performer led the Tigers with 9 1/2 sacks, 13 1/2 tackles for losses and 15 QB hurries as a sophomore last year. He's the best player on a very good defensive line. The 6-4, 246-pounder is on the Hendricks Award watch list. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2012 - Five I'll Be Watching This Weekend: DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn*: The 2011 college football season may have been a disappointing one for the then-defending BCS champions, but Lemonier (pronounced Lemon-eer) explosion onto the national scene certainly provided a highlight. Lining up as a defensive end for the Tigers, Lemonier registered 47 tackles, including a team-leading 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks, which earned him First Team All-SEC honors. He has the explosive first step to give Clemson's big offensive tackles trouble, but I'm curious to see if his secondary moves have improved from last year. A season ago, Lemonier would get caught up to often once tackles got their hands on him. To earn a high grade from NFL scouts, he'll have to show improvement in that area this season. Clemson will give him a great first test. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/16/2012 - Top-five Auburn prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. DE/OLB Corey Lemonier...Blessed with an explosive first step and a high-revving motor, Lemonier (pronounced Lemon-eer) ranks as one of the more intriguing of a talented crop of pass rushers throughout the country. A true junior, Lemonier (pictured above) exploded last season to post 47 tackles, including a team-leading 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks (which also led the team), helping him to rack up First Team All-SEC honors from league coaches. He flashed playmaking ability as a true freshman, earning a spot on the all-conference freshman team with 17 tackles, including five tackles for loss and two sacks. Lemonier plays defensive end for Auburn and has the size potential and upper body strength to remain at this position in the NFL. However, most will view him as an outside linebacker conversion to the traditional 3-4 scheme. He's able to beat tackles with his speed upfield and has a nice spin move back inside. He exhibits good straight-line speed in pursuit, as well as the good vision and agility to weave through the trash. Lemonier delivers a strong blow to the ball-carrier and attempts to strip the ball. While possessing some exciting traits, Lemonier has some flaws, however. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/16/2012 - Top-five Auburn prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. DE/OLB Corey Lemonier...He's stiff in his upper body, not showing the flexibility to dip under the reach of offensive tackles and doesn't show the functional strength or lateral agility to beat blockers once engaged. Put simply, if Lemonier's first move isn't effective, he generally struggles to separate from the blocker. Too often tight ends and running backs, as well as offensive linemen, are able to effectively block him... He does play hard, however, showing excellent effort in pursuit. Some of his most impressive tackles, in fact, come five or more yards downfield... Lemonier is currently graded as a defensive end and ranks No. 11 on NFLDraftScout.com's list of pass rushers potentially available in the 2013 NFL draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/07/2012 - MOST IMPORTANT AUBURN PLAYER: DE Corey Lemonier had to love it when new coordinator Brian VanGorder gave out the word he is going to turn loose his defensive line. Lemonier's ability to put the pressure on opposing passers will be the key to this new approach. Out of 47 of his tackles last fall, 13.5 were for losses (9.5 sacks). - The Sports Xchange

08/07/2012 - What was a liability in 2011 when it gave up nearly 29 points (No. 11 in the league) and 408 yards (also No. 11) a game could become a strength for Auburn in 2012. New coordinator Brian VanGorder wants his defense to become more aggressive, especially up front, and more physical this fall. Nine starters return to the unit, including sack-master defensive end Corey Lemonier, a first-team All-SEC performer as selected by the league's coaches. He had 9.5 sacks, tied for fourth in the league, last year. Seven starters are back on an offense as well, giving the Tigers a nucleus of experience. But coach Gene Chizik looks beyond the mere number of returning starters when he looks at his fourth Tigers team. "If you look on paper right now, we have 16 returning starters," he said. "But the truth of the matter is we have guys, in many cases, right behind those guys that are considered one of the starters pushing them for a starting job." In other words, the Tigers should be a deeper team on both sides of the ball, which should result in more consistent performance. - The Sports Xchange

08/01/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON TED HENDRICKS AWARD WATCH LIST: COREY LEMONIER, AUBURN, has been selected a preseason candidate for the 2012 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. On-field performance, exceptional winning attitude, leadership abilities, contributions to school and community and academic preparedness are some of the criteria used to determine the Award's winner. - Ted Hendricks Foundation

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DL Corey Lemonier (102), Auburn, Jr., has been selected first team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC media. - Auburn football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL - Corey Lemonier, Auburn, has been selected first team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC head coaches. - Auburn football

07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. - The Rotary Club of Houston

07/18/2012 - 2012 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn, has been selected to the Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is presented to the National Defensive Player of the Year by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. - The Charlotte Touchdown Club

05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 32. *Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn: Blessed with an explosive first step and a high-revving motor, Lemonier (pronounced leh-mon-EER) ranked as one of the more productive pass rushers in the entire country a year ago, finishing with 47 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. He's currently not as effective in disengaging from blocks as his statistics would indicate but could be on the verge of great things. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/15/2012 - SCOUTING THE AUBURN DEFENSE: A lack of experience and playmakers haunted this unit most of 2011 as it allowed 34 points or more seven times and gave up 408 total yards per game. DE Corey Lemonier showed the ability to be a game-changing pass rusher, finishing with 9.5 of the team's 22 sacks. But someone else besides him must prove they can find the quarterback every once in a while. New coordinator Brian VanGorder has been stressing discipline as he tries to turn a below-average defense into a capable stop unit. The secondary gave up 63.3 percent completions, which has to excite the Clemson pitch-catch duo of Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins for the Sept. 1 season opener. - The Sports Xchange