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Lemonier leads AU draft hopefuls

AUBURN – Did Corey Lemonier do the right thing when he decided to pass up his senior year and enter the NFL draft? He’s convinced he did.

Corey Lemonier says he made a man's decison to enter the draft

“The first week or two, I was like ‘Did I make the wrong decision?’” Lemonier said. “After that, I said ‘I made a man’s decision and I went with it.”

Lemonier, who helped Auburn win a national championship in 2010, will find out over the next three days just what that decision will mean. The NFL draft begins tonight with the first round and will end Saturday.

Whatever comes, Lemonier says he’s prepared to deal with it and make good on it. He is projected to be a second- or third-round pick’

“To be honest, I think I should go in the first,” Lemonier said, “but I’ll be happy just to make a team and play for them.”

Though Lemonier faces some uncertainty, he doesn’t face nearly as much as some of his former Auburn teammates.

Tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen was projected as high as the second round, but an injury ended his season early and was followed by surgery. He didn’t post his normal times in running for pro scouts. Some projections say he could go as early as the fourth round. Others say he is a likely free agent.

Running back Onterio McCalebb’s 4.29 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine created quite a stir, but it was enough to overcome his diminutive size? Some say yes. Others say no.

Wide receiver Emory Blake, with a college record of production and NFL bloodlines, is in a similar situation. He could be drafted in the mid-lower rounds or he could be a free agent.

Daren Bates, a linebacker his last three seasons at Auburn, has moved back to safety and is expected to sign as a free agent.

Offensive lineman John Sullen and receiver Travante Stallworth also hope to get free agent opportunities.

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