"Surprised" Corey Lemonier Headed To '49ers

Corey Lemonier

Auburn junior defensive end Corey Lemonier has been selected in the NFL Draft as the San Francisco 49'ers made him the 88th overall pick in the third round.

Auburn, Ala.-- Auburn's Corey Lemonier was selected in the third round by the San Francisco '49ers with the 88th overall pick in the National Football League Draft on Friday night.

He becomes the first Auburn player selected by San Francisco since linebacker Alex Lincoln was taken in the seventh round of the 2001 draft.

Lemonier said on Friday night he had no idea the '49ers were interested in him until he got a call from head coach, Jim Harbaugh, telling him that he was be drafted by San Francisco. In fact, the former Tiger said he had not even had any contact with scouts from the team.

"I haven't talked to them or anything like that so this is just all new to me," he said. "I'm really surprised. I'm pumped."

"It's a great defense and I'm humbled to be a part of it," Lemonier added. "I'm just excited to get out there."

Lemonier played defensive end in a 4-3 scheme at Auburn, but is expected to move to outside linebacker in a 3-4 in the pros. He said that he doesn't think that will be an issue.

"I worked out as a linebacker at pro day," he pointed out. "I've been doing drops and stuff like that on my own."

Lemonier said he doesn't see himself having a problem making the adjustment to outside linebacker. "Not really, I don't think so. I work hard so I think by working hard it's going to happen. I think with just hard work and dedication then it's not going to be a hard transition."

San Francisco traded up to draft Lemonier, giving two picks (No. 93 and 216) to move get the No. 88 spots.

Asked if playing in the Southeastern Conference should help him make the transition to the NFL, Lemonier replied, "I think so. I feel like the SEC is a step away from the NFL. Going against 300-plus really good players in the SEC, I've just gotten so much better from that."

Worth Noting: Lemonier earned second team All-SEC honors as a junior before deciding to skip his senior season to enter the draft. The defensive end finished his college career with 17 sacks, which ranks seventh in Auburn history. He made three tackles in Auburn's victory over Oregon in the BCS Championship Game.

Lemonier makes a tackle vs. LSU as a junior.

2012 Season: Playing in all 12 games for the Tigers he finished seventh on the team in tackles with 34 total stops. He made 18 solo tackles and was second on the team in quarterback sacks with 5 1/2 (Dee Ford was No. 1 with six). Lemonier led the team in quarterback pressures with 12. He forced one fumble, recovered one fumble and had one pass deflection.

2011 Season: He earned first team All-SEC honors after making 47 total tackles with 28 solo stops. Lemonier made 9 1/2 sacks as a sophomore with 13 1/2 total tackles for lost yardage. Starting all 13 games he was credited with 15 quarterback pressures. He forced five fumbles and recovered one.

2010 Season: He played in 14 games for the unbeaten, national champions and started one time. Selected to the Freshman All-SEC team he made 17 tackles with 12 solos stops. Lemonier made five tackles for lost yardage with two sacks. He forced one fumble and was credited with six QB pressures.

High School: Rated a five star prospect by Scout.com as a senior at Hialeah, Fla., High, the Under Armour All-American chose the Tigers over Miami, FSU, Tennessee and others.

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