Multiple Teams View Shane Lemieux Between Rounds 1 and 2
Updated Nov. 7, 2019
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.
While the Pac-12 may not get into the college football playoff, the conference has two programs that are drawing rave reviews for offensive line talent, with both Washington and Oregon seen as having multiple future NFL starters on their blocking fronts. Of those future pros, there has been a lot of hype around Washington left tackle Trey Adams over the past few seasons, but multiple team sources say that Oregon guard Shane Lemieux could end up going in the first round next April.
Lemieux is a 4-year starter who some sources believe has plug-and-play potential for the NFL. The 6-foot-4, 317-pounder has good size to go with strength and athleticism. He is a good technician and a well-balanced blocker who is effective in both phases. Sources from three different teams said they thought Lemieux could go late in the first round or early in the second round in the 2020 NFL Draft. While a couple of other team sources thought that was a bit too high, they had Lemieux graded lower on Day 2.
The NFL Draft has seen a number of solid interior linemen get selected in the back half of the first round because they are viewed as quick contributors and safe picks for playoff teams looking to improve their pass protection and run blocking. A number of teams think Lemieux could be that kind of pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.