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Corey Liuget (DT)
  • Height:
    6'2"
  • Weight:
    298 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 1/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Illinois
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: San Diego Chargers
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 18 (18)

Pick Analysis: A.J. Smith is one of the best evaluators in the business, and he might have landed one of the most talented interior defenders in draft. Liuget has the potential to play multiple positions along the Chargers' front with his outstanding blend of size, strength and power. He is a capable run defender with the potential to be an impact pass rusher as well.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.99 sec
  • Bench Press27.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump27.5 inch
  • Broad Jump102.0 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.48 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.68 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Liuget belongs in the discussion with the other elite defensive tackles in this class. Arguably this year's most productive DT against the run and also very active rushing the passer. Fires off the ball, maintains sound positioning, has hands that never stop moving, gets off blocks quickly, and closes on ball-carriers and quarterbacks with speed and power. Has the size and strength to move offensive lineman into the backfield. Also comfortable tackling in space and has the awareness to diagnose screens and draws and bat down balls at the line. Liuget has skyrocketed up draft boards this season and should be gone by the mid first.


Strengths

Liuget has a big, sturdy build and outstanding speed. Blessed with tremendous get off. Sheds in a hurry, finds the football and closes violently against the run. Does a great job pushing the pocket with a powerful bull rush. Never stops working. Tackles well in the open field and pursues from the backside. Great Football IQ.

Weaknesses

Must nit-pick to find weaknesses in this kid's game. Does not possess ideal height but still active batting down passes. Lacks elite fluidity when getting to the quarterback but still a feared pass rusher.

Grade

8.3

 

Video Playlist

  1. Chargers take Corey Liuget No. 18

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 10:07 p.m.

    The San Diego Chargers select Illinois DT Corey Liuget with the 18th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

  2. 2011 Draft Profile - DT Corey Liuget, Illinois

    Published: April 7, 2011 at 03:57 p.m.

    A look at draft prospect Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget.

  3. Saturday vs. Liuget

    Published: March 28, 2011 at 07:56 p.m.

    Pro Bowl Colts center Jeff Saturday teaches potential first-round DL Corey Liuget a few veteran moves on the line of scrimmage.

  4. 2011 combine workout: Corey Liuget

    Published: March 11, 2011 at 04:56 p.m.

    Watch Illinois DT Corey Liuget compete at the 2011 Scouting Combine.

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