NFL teams love players with experience at the college level. Experience proves that you have earned the trust of your college coaches, and also proves that you can play consistently at a high level. When you look at the Oregon Ducks roster, you have to look at their secondary which is led by Los Angeles native Deommodore Lenoir. Lenoir is a 5110, 203 cornerback with big time play making ability.
He will be a senior in 2020, and he enters his final season with 27 consecutive starts under his belt at cornerback. That is impressive considering all the tough wide receivers that have come out of the Pac 12. he has five career interceptions in his career at Oregon and has only missed three tackles over three years. What does that tell you about Lenoir? Well, let’s take a deeper dive into his past.
He was the number 1 rated athlete when leaving high school. The Salesian High School graduate was the 5th rated cornerback when leaving high school. He was a beast on both sides of the ball in high school. He did it all. He carried the ball 108 times and rushed for 1,172 yards scoring 17 touchdowns. He also scored 7 receiving touchdowns adding another 663 yards threw the air. He did not stop there though, he threw the ball for 595 yards and had 5 passing touchdowns. As a defender, he finished with 1 interception and made 52 tackles.
As a true freshman, Lenoir played in all 13 games for the Ducks. He finished with 25 tackles, and five pass break-ups. His one interception was against #23 Stanford on October 14, 2017.
In 2018, Lenoir started 13 games and recorded three more interceptions. He finished second on the team in pass break ups with 9, and was just one of 10 Pac 12 players to record two interceptions in a game.
Last year, Deommodore played on the Pac-12’s Second Team All-Conference team. He started all 14 games and finished with 47 tackles, and seven pass break-ups. He has five career interceptions and all of them have come against his divisional foes.
Deommodore Lenoir is a freak athlete that was a jack of all trades in high school that has transitioned into one of the best cornerbacks in the country. Pac-12 quarterbacks may want to stay away from him this year, because I know he is going to go in to help his draft stock.
NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes:
Deommodore Lenoir will be a draft pick. He will be a starter in the NFL, and I would not be surprised if he ends up becoming a Pro Bowler. It is hard to find players with the athletic ability that Lenoir possesses. Last year, Lenoir took a huge step to be a cornerstone player for the Ducks. He is one of the best cover corners in the 2021 NFL Draft, and has room to improve. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the number 30 cornerback, that is a huge slap in the face, and I hope Deommodore reads that. Use that as motivation to prove them wrong, because you are a top 5 corner in this draft class. – Damond Talbot, Owner, NFL Draft Diamonds