These are the school's prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft by status * - denotes 2014 prospect ** - denotes 2015 prospect.
This page was last updated Feb. 16, 2013. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
Corey Lemonier*, DE/OLB, Auburn
Height: 6-4. Weight: 246. Projected 40 Time: 4.60. Projected Round (2013): 2-3. 1/30/13: Lemonier totaled 34 tackles, 5.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. He played through an ankle injury. Lemonier needs to continue to fill out his frame and add strength for the NFL.
8/27/12: Lemonier broke out as a sophomore with 47 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in 2011. He is a speed-rusher who is a superb athlete and rushes with nice leverage.
Lemonier should gain weight for the NFL because he gets pushed around at times in the ground game. He could return for the 2013 college season, and that may be a good idea. Lemonier is raw; he could use more experience to develop his awareness, run defense, pass-rushing moves and strength.
Emory Blake, WR, Auburn
Height: 6-2. Weight: 193. Projected 40 Time: 4.45. Projected Round (2013): 4-5. 2/16/13: Blake is a good receiver who would have produced a lot more if Auburn had had consistent quarterback play. He started the year strong with four receptions for 109 yards and a touchdown against Clemson. Blake totaled 50 receptions for 789 yards and three touchdowns. He had a solid week of practice, but wasn't overly impressive at the East-West Shrine.
8/17/12: Blake would be higher in the rankings if he played in a passing-based offense. Blake caught 32 passes for 526 yards and eight touchdowns in 2010, when the Tigers had Cam Newton.
Blake totaled 36 receptions for 613 yards and five scores last year. He missed three games with injuries. Blake has some big-play ability to go along with his size. He had a 94-yard touchdown catch, the longest play from scrimmage in Auburn history. He also has good bloodlines as the son of former Bengals quarterback Jeff Blake.
Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE, Auburn
Height: 6-5. Weight: 250. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 2/9/13: Lutzenkirchen's season ended early with a hip injury. Prior to being hurt, he had been held back by poor quarterback play as he regularly worked his way open and wasn't thrown the ball. Lutzenkirchen totaled 15 receptions for 139 yards as a senior.
8/21/12: Lutzenkirchen had 24 receptions for 238 yards and seven touchdowns in 2011. He was a quality blocker for Auburn running back Michael Dyer. Lutzenkirchen was a Second-Team All-SEC selection last year. He became a starter in 2010 and caught 15 passes for 185 yards and five touchdowns.
Lutzenkirchen also was a good blocker for Cam Newton and the Tigers' ground game. Lutzenkirchen probably won't catch a huge amount of passes in Auburn's offense, but he is a solid contributor.
Onterio McCalebb, RB, Auburn
Height: 5-10. Weight: 164. Arm: 30 1/8. Hand: 8 3/4. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2013): 6-FA. 2/16/13: McCalebb was a rotational runner during his career at Auburn as he split carries with the likes of Michael Dyer, Tre Mason and Cam Newton. McCalebb averaged 6.1 yards per carry with 570 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. He contributed all four years and his best season came as a sophomore when he ran for 810 yards and nine touchdowns. McCalebb is extremely undersized.
Dear Walt, this is becoming prime "mock draft season." And while you have gone the extra mile by including 4 full rounds, I really wish you'd explain why the players are deserving of their draft slots, instead of solely focusing on team needs. It seems like your M.O. to explain for a few sentences why the team would pick a certain position. Then only explain in a sentence or two why the player is worth of said selection. Maybe in Round 4 that'd be acceptable, but for the Top 10-15 picks really should have in depth analysis of the player. That's just my 2 cents. Take care.
I've been on a hiatus with draft work lately and was focused on my Draft Prospect Rankings which you could find in the rants on this site. So, I figured doing one more before the Combine where more prospect movement could occur to see where I stand before and after with those prospects. So, without further adieu here we go!