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Auburn notes: Lemonier caps fine combine weekend

AUBURN, Ala. — Even if the production on the field dropped off, Corey Lemonier’s awe-inducing athleticism and tantalizing talent never went anywhere.

After measuring in at 6 feet, 3 3/4 inches tall and 255 pounds, Lemonier channeled the need for speed from his former teammate Onterio McCalebb. A day after Auburn’s ex-tailback unofficially broke the NFL Scouting Combine 40-yard-dash record, Lemonier turned in a speedy 4.6 second run Monday, tied for third-best among defensive ends.

Lemonier also showed some explosion with a 33-inch vertical jump and 119-inch broad jump. On Sunday, Lemonier bench-pressed a 225-pound bar 27 times, tied for seventh at the position to prove his muscle.

In a couple of tweets, Lemonier sent upon his departure: “I had a great time here in Indianapolis. What a great experience” and “War eagle!! Thank you auburn for three great years!!”

Lemonier only had a half sack in the final eight games of his junior season, yet opted to enter the NFL draft anyway as an underclassman. Draft experts have projected him anywhere from late in the first round to the third round.

Lemonier told reporters in Indianapolis he is looking to play elsewhere in some team’s front seven.

“I think I will be a 3-4 outside linebacker,” said Lemonier, according to Scout.com. “That’s a new position for me. I am raw, but I think that’s good because I will have no bad habits you have to be able to play in space at linebacker, especially trying to chase down all those quarterbacks.”

McCalebb and tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen concluded their interview sessions and workouts earlier in the weekend. They are scheduled to participate in Auburn’s Pro Day on March 5, joined by wide receiver Emory Blake and offensive lineman John Sullen.

The NFL draft is April 25-27 in New York City.