Steelers 2013 Draft Prospect Profiles: OLB Corey Lemonier – Auburn

One player that certainly helped his stock at the NFL combine this past week was Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier, who projects to be a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly have a need for another young outside linebacker prospect and Lemonier figures to be drafted in either the second or third round.

Prior to the combine getting underway in Indianapolis, analyst Gil Brandt posted some target numbers by position for each of the drills that the players would be performing and the 6 foot 3 inch, 255 pound Lemonier succeeded in besting 4 of the 5 targets that we currently results for. The one target that he missed hitting was the vertical jump, where he was 3 inches short of the 36 inch target number.

Lemonier posted an explosive index number of 69.9, which is just .1 less than the head turning 70 number that Pat Kirwan talks about in his book, “Take Your Eye Off The Ball.”

Lemonier is not without his warts, however. Like most undersized defensive ends that convert to a 3-4 outside linebacker, he will need to get used to seeing and playing the game without having his hand in the dirt. He will also have to get used to playing out in space and dropping more. While he didn\’t drop much while at Auburn, he did show adequate hip turning in the cut-ups that I have watched.

In addition to the above, Lemonier will have to learn to use his long arms better and his hand placement also needs work. Speaking of his arms, they measured 34 1/2 at the combine which was longer than those of Barkevious Mingo, Dion Jordan and Bjoern Werner, all of whom are considered first round prospects.

While his explosion index number is fine, he still seems thin in his lower body. This might explain his poor vertical. He is much better built up top than he his in his lower half and he will need his legs to effectively bull rush on the outside. He needs more pass rush moves in his arsenal, but this should be easy to add over time.

Lemonier is deceiving quick and possesses a quick twitch. He is a smart kid that understands the game and his motor always seems to be engaged. His faults appear to be correctable with solid technique instruction. Little things such as protecting his legs better against cut blocks will also need to be addressed.

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  • reg38

    Lemonier is a nice looking mid round OLB that would fit the Steelers.

    Trevardo Williams from Uconn is the other mid round OLB who would fit the Steelers.

    Williams explosive number was 73.
    25 bench
    38 vertical
    10′ 4″ broad

    Ran a 4.57 at 241lbs.

  • Bob Francis

    National Football Post’s review of Lemonier’s combine performance pegs him as a 4-3 end, not a 3-4 OLB:

    Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB, Auburn: Today’s performance definitely helped Lemonier convince teams that play 4-3 defenses that he has the explosiveness and speed to be a productive edge pass rusher. Going forward he displayed the quickness, agility and balance to change directions without losing speed. However, he was not as effective in the coverage/linebacker drills and is one of the potential conversion candidates who did not look like he could make the switch to playing outside linebacker in the NFL.

  • steeltown

    I like Lemonier.. but no way would I spend a 2nd Rd pick on this guy, if he fell past the 3rd I’d take him

  • SteelersDepot

    After a junior season in which he had just 34 tackles and 5.5 sacks, Lemonier is considered to be one of the Draft’s “risers.” He weighed in at 255 pounds — up 15 from what he played at during his Auburn career — and said he will likely play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme in the NFL.

    He spun his lack of experience at the position to be a positive.

    “It’s all about technique,” he said. “It’s something I need to learn and I’m pretty raw at that. That’s a good thing to have because I have no bad habits or no bad technique. I can always grow and improve on that.”

  • Garrett Hunt

    I think he could be better at the OLB position using his speed rush more, but wouldn’t spend a 2nd or 3rd on him. If he falls to the 4th, then I think they consider him.

  • SOnMyChest

    Lemonier’s skill set is not a good fit for the Steelers. The guy your looking for is Trevardo Williams

  • HarryBackside

    The only problem I see with Lemonier is that he looks really stiff. He doesn’t look flexible enough to bend around the corner. He does have the freak factor working for him though.

    Why not Jamie Collins? He’s another raw, freak athlete who had good production and was asked to play standing up/

  • grw1960

    , I read that too. Some the evaluators sometimes seem to have different opinions. I think that is a good thing. It makes them all go back and double check what they have seen.

  • Superdriller316

    I like Williams too. He was very productive the past 2 years, 24 sacks, has good speed for a big man. He has James Harrison size and can be gotten in later rounds.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Another conversion guy who wuldnt be until years later that the Steelers wuld then find out whether he can play.

  • steeltown

    Williams is an interesting prospect, impressive sack stats, but he really reminds of Adrian Robinson, very good at creating pressure and getting to the QB, but lacks in other categories such as awareness in the run game and coverage, but damn is he fast

    Like Lemonier, if he falls past the 3rd, he’d be a nice pickup

  • I thought 70 was for offensive linemen. I would expect a DE/OLB to be more explosive than a guard.

  • RW

    Wouldn’t take him at all. He gets swallowed up by one blocker far too often. The man just gets pushed around – I don’t care if the man runs a 4.1 40 and puts up 40 on the bench – he’s not an NFL OLB.

  • Buccos9

    I certainly hope we don’t draft Damontre Moore as an OLB. Slow (4.95 in the 40) and weak (12 reps). He brings back bad memories of Alonzo Jackson. We still don’t know whether Harrison will leave, whether the Steelers think Jason Worilds or Carter are the real deal, and whether Adrian Robinson has progressed enough to be a candidate to start at some point. If one or more of the young guys pan out, we may not need to draft an OLB high in this draft.