AUBURN, Ala. — Of the more than 300 players given an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Feb. 20-26, three wore Auburn colors last year: defensive end Corey Lemonier, tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen and tailback Onterio McCalebb.
Lemonier, an all-SEC performer his sophomore year in 2011, is foregoing his senior year of eligibility to take a shot at the NFL Draft. Currently training in Arizona, he is considered a mid-round grade, though one NFL Draft consultant was reportedly told “three NFL teams” consider Lemonier the pool’s top defensive end prospect.
Lutzenkirchen is still attempting his comeback from hip surgery, which ended his senior year after six games. The Tigers’ all-time leading touchdown grabber among tight ends, Lutzenkirchen was not quite able to suit up for the Senior Bowl.
McCalebb, Auburn’s ninth-leading all-time rusher and No. 4 in all-purpose yards, battled a hamstring injury during his tour of postseason all-star games.
Lutzenkirchen and McCalebb are hoping for a late-round selection, and could also test free agency.
Fans can watch the action from Feb. 23-26 on NFL Network. Tight ends are featured Feb. 23, running backs on Feb. 24 and defensive linemen on Feb. 25.
The NFL Draft is April 25-27 in New York City.