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Report: Colts Met Virtually with Oregon CB Deommodore Lenoir Recently Ahead of the NFL Draft

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 23 Oregon at Arizona State Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

According to The Draft Network’s Justin Melo, the Indianapolis Colts are among the teams that have met virtually with Oregon cornerback Deommodore Lenoir recently ahead of the upcoming NFL Draft:

The 5’11”, 195 pound senior cornerback recorded 35 tackles (25 solo), an interception, and a forced fumble during 6 starts in a COVID-19 shortened season—earning AP Pac-12 All-Second Team honors during 2020.

Per PFF, Lenoir allowed a 53.1% completion rate when targeted in coverage this past season, good for 3rd best among all Pac-12 cornerbacks with 30 or more targets.

He made 34 consecutive starts at cornerback for the Ducks.

Rest assured, as a prerequisite for joining the Colts defense, Lenoir is a sure tackler too:

And sounds like a natural fit in the Colts’ ‘Cover 2’ derivative zone scheme:

Here’s the other recent ‘buzz’ on Lenoir:

Of course, the Colts could use a long-term answer at starting cornerback, as a pair of veteran starters Xavier Rhodes (30) and T.J. Carrie (30) are both soon-to-be free agents.

Regardless of what happens with Rhodes and Carrie, the Colts could still use another young cornerback to enter into the outside mix with both Rock Ya-Sin, who struggled in his second season, and Marvell Tell, who’s returning after sitting out the 2020 season because of COVID-19 precautions. The slot is firmly covered by Kenny Moore however.

While not an elite athlete, Lenoir seems like a solid cornerback prospect, who fits the Colts schematically in their zone coverage, and is a willing defender in run support.