2021 NFL Draft: Deommodore Lenoir drafted by 49ers

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With the 172nd pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers selected Oregon defensive back Deommodre Lenoir. 

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After a great junior season, Lenoir opted to return for his senior season and forwent the 2020 NFL Draft. However, he opted out of the season when the Pac-12 announced a season in the beginning of 2021, before opting back in once the schedule was moved back up to Winter 2020. 

Lenoir declared for the 2021 NFL Draft a day after the loss in the 2021 Fiesta Bowl to Iowa State.

"Deommodore was one of the best players in the country and a tremendous human being at that," Cristobal said leading up to the Fiesta Bowl. [Lenoir] stepped up and said, 'I'm coming back and I'm going to elevate your standard. I'm going to be a great leader. I'm going to push the young guys.' I can't stress enough what an awesome job [Lenoir] has done on the field."

As a freshman, Lenoir played in all 13 games (299 total snaps) and finished with 25 tackles, five pass breakups and one interception. 

The departure of starting corner Arrion Springs sent Lenoir into the starting role his sophomore season. Lenoir started all 13 games across from his partner-in-crime Thomas Graham Jr. Lenoir recorded 52 tackles, three interceptions and finished second on the team with nine pass breakups. The team finished the 2017-2018 season with a 7-6 Redbox Bowl victory over the Michigan State Spartans.


In 2019, Lenoir was one of four defensive players to start all 14 games and was one of 13 players in the Pac-12 with an interception, fumble recovery and forced fumble. He recorded 47 tackles and limited opponents to a 54.1 completion percentage (40 completions) while being targeted a team-high 74 times according to Pro Football Focus.

Then in his final season as Duck, Lenoir registered 30 tackles and one interception in seven games during the 2020 abbreviated season.

He was a projected fourth or fifth round pick heading into the 2021 NFL Draft.