April 26, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN — Corey Lemonier wasn't expecting a call from the San Francisco 49ers on Friday night.
"I didn't have any contact with them since the NFL Combine," he said.
Guess what? The 49ers called. San Francisco made the former Auburn defensive end and likely NFL linebacker a third-round pick in this year's draft Friday night. Lemonier decided to leave Auburn after his junior year after 17 sacks in three years, including 5.5 last season.
He had 24 tackles for a loss in his career as a defensive end. But he'll likely play linebacker for the 49ers, the position he worked out as during Auburn's Pro Day.
Lemonier said he's ready for the change.
"I work hard so I think by working hard it’s going to happen," he said. "I think with just hard work and dedication then it’s not going to be a hard transition."
The 49ers traded up five spots to get Lemonier with the 88th overall pick.
"They said they were happy I was still available at that spot," he said.
Lemonier was a prize recruit for Auburn in 2010. He says he won't forget the university now.
"I loved every minute of it. I'm just blessed Auburn recruited me," Lemonier said. "I've talked to so many people from back home in Miami and told them I want to live in Auburn when this is all said and done. They're like, 'You're passing up Miami to live in Auburn?' I tell them Auburn is a great place to live and I love everything about it. I appreciate everything that Auburn has done for me. This whole process has been great."
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