Big Pro Day For Several Former Tigers

Auburn's Pro Day takes place on Tuesday and it will be a big day for several former Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.—The NFL Combine is a huge event for many college football players hoping to make some noise heading into NFL Draft which begins on April 25. For many however the Pro Day on campus proves to be a much bigger deal and that is definitely the case for several former Auburn Tigers on Tuesday.

After running a very good 40-yard dash time and checking in at 255 pounds in Indianapolis, defensive end Corey Lemonier likely cemented himself at no later than an early second-round pick with is performance at the combine, but if he can show the athleticism on pro day to play the outside linebacker position it could move him into the first round. As a junior Lemonier finished with 34 tackles and five and a half sacks, and had 17 career quarterback sacks in three seasons.

Blowing up the combine with an official 40-yard dash time of 4.34 seconds, Onterio McCalebb showed what Auburn fans already knew and that is he can really run. Now the 168-pounder has to show that he's got the skills to play outside on the next level.

Onterio McCalebb

Probably too light to be a running back in the NFL, McCalebb's ability to catch the ball fluidly could ultimately determine when and if some team takes a chance on him in the draft. Rushing for 570 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, McCalebb finished his career at Auburn with 2,586 yards and 24 touchdowns while adding 63 catches for 620 yards and three scores.

Not back to full speed following hip surgery during the 2012 season, tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen will need to run better than his 4.93 time at the NFL Combine to move into the draft pool. One of the top receiving tight ends in the draft, Lutzenkirchen needs to show that he has the speed to stretch defenses in the NFL. A productive receiver, Lutzenkirchen caught 59 passes in his career for 628 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Philip Lutzenkirchen

If Lutzenkirchen needs a big performance on Tuesday, it's an absolute must for wide receiver Emory Blake. The son of former NFL standout Jeff Blake, he leaves Auburn as one of the top receivers in school history, but that wasn't enough to get an invitation to either the Senior Bowl or the combine. Not the biggest or the fastest, Blake has great hands and is a fantastic player on special teams as well. Those two traits should help him, but he needs to put up a time in the 4.5 range to have a chance to move into draft range. In his career Blake caught 128 passes for 2,022 yards with 16 touchdown grabs.

Also taking part in Pro Day on Tuesday will be Auburn linebacker/safety Daren Bates, defensive back T'Sharvan Bell, wide receivers DeAngelo Benton, Travante Stallworth and former walk-on Nate Taylor, linebacker Jonathan Evans, offensive lineman John Sullen, and kicker Chandler Brooks. In addition former Tigers A.J. Greene and Philip Pierre-Louis will also be working out for the pro scouts.


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