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49ers Select DB Deommodore Lenoir with the No. 172 Pick in the 2021 NFL Draft


The San Francisco 49ers continue to beef up their secondary in the draft, this time, with the selection of Deommodore Lenoir with the No. 172 pick in the draft.

Pac-12 coaches voted "Dede" honorable mention All-Pac-12 in 2019 after he posted 47 stops, 2.5 for loss, an interception and seven passed defended. He started all seven games in a season shortened by COVID-19 and finished his career with the Ducks with 34 consecutive starts at cornerback. He notched 30 total tackles, including a team-best 24 solo stops and allowed a 53.1 completion percentage when targeted 32 times, according to Pro Football Focus, good for third among Pac-12 cornerbacks with 30 or more targets. He was selected second-team all-conference for his play in 2020.

Here's what draft analyst Lance Zierlein had to say about Lenoir:

"Compact corner with short arms, but often makes up for it with a high degree of physicality... His toughness and physicality can be rewarded in bump-and-run and zone coverages where he can bang on receivers in the first 5 yards and bully the catch-point underneath... His frame and run-support toughness could have teams eyeing him as a zone nickel, but a move to safety could be in consideration, too."