As we march toward the start of the 2013 college football season, the NFL Draft scouting community continues to work to obtain a baseline understanding of the eligible prospects for the 2014 NFL Draft.
One of the toughest challenges that an evaluator faces is the assessment of a prospect who is coming back after a year away from the game. Whether due to injury or transfer rules, players that miss the most recent season of action require a combination of film study and overall “gut feeling” when projecting their likely draft value at the start of the new year.
After an impressive freshman season at Notre Dame, Lynch decided to transfer to USF and return to his home state of Florida. As a result, he was forced to sit out the 2012 college football season. Had he played last year in South Bend (and repeated his 2011 performance), it’s conceivable that we’d be talking about him in the same breath as Jadeveon Clowney.Continue reading …
As we enter Draft season, FRG will be releasing our preliminary rankings for each position. Things can change as we sprint toward April 25th, with the All-Star Games, the NFL Scouting Combine, and Pro Day workouts all having yet to be completed.
In this installment of the FRG Scouting Series, I decided to take a look at Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn. Lemonier entered the 2012 College Football season with a lot of hype following a 2011 campaign that saw the Junior from Hialeah, Florida register 9.5 sacks and a team-high 13.5 tackles for loss (good for 8th in the SEC). Lemonier is widely regarded as a one of the best 10 Defensive Ends available for the 2013 Draft.
The following is FRG’s breakdown of Corey Lemonier’s game and projection to the NFL:
Lemonier is listed at 6’4, 246lbs. He’s a chiseled athlete whose work ethic in the gym is obvious. However, Lemonier presents as a player that is a little light in the legs and the rear. I’m concerned that his frame suggests a lacking lower-body strength that is needed to anchor down against bigger, stronger NFL offensive linemen. I question whether Lemonier has the body-type to add weight; he’s extremely muscular. It’s not as easy as one might expect.
Lemonier has plus length for the position. He has a long frame, especially his arms. In order to have a fighter’s chance as a pass rusher in the NFL, you need to have long arms. Lemonier has them. With proper coaching, he should able to learn how to use his length to his advantage and consistently gain the leverage advantage against opposing linemen.
In my estimation, Lemonier will have to add anywhere from 10-15 lbs to compliment his skill-set on the next level. Continue reading …