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April 26, 2013
Pass rush ade: 49ers select Auburn's Lemonier in the 3rd Round

After taking Tank Carradine in the second round, the 49ers beefed up their pass rush a little further in the third round. They selected Corey Lemonier, who played defensive end at Auburn but who projects to outside linebacker in the 49ers' 3-4 defense.

Lemonier said he had no idea the 49ers were interested and that he's had little interaction with them in the run-up to the draft. "It's a great defense," he said. "And I'm humbled to be a part of it."

Lemonier certainly sounded surprised. During a breathless conference call with reporters, he said that John Harbaugh called to tell him he had been picked by the 49ers. "Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry!" he said when told of the error.

For the second time Friday, the 49ers made a deal with Green Bay to make the pick. They gave the Packers a third-round pick (No. 93) and seventh-round pick (No. 216) to move up five spots to No. 88.

Lemonier, listed at 6-4, 240 pounds, had 9 1/2 sacks for Auburn in 2011. Those numbers dipped a bit last year. He started three fewer games and finished with 5 1/2 sacks to go along with 34 tackles. Like Carradine, Vance McDonald and Eric Reid, Lemonier has very long arms -- 34 1/2 inches each.

The 49ers, who were short on outside linebackers a year ago, now have an abundance of them. They have Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Parys Haralson, Darius Fleming, Cam Johnson and Lemonier. Haralson, Fleming and Johnson all had surgery before the 2013 season; Smith had surgery after it.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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