Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois Fighting Illini
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Liuget has good size and is quite athletic for his size. He bull rushes well and plays the middle of the defensive line with aggressive energy. He pushes his man into the backfield to disrupt the play, but has shown the ability to get off the block using his hands to make the play as well. Liuget knows how to use his strength to push his way into the backfield, but is also quick enough and sheds blocks well enough to penetrate the line of scrimmage.
Liuget is a high-motor type of player that doesn't quit on a play. He's big and strong enough to occupy double-teams, freeing other players to make the play. He isn't easy to push around and he's good against the run, even if there is some room for improvement.
Liuget spent just one season as a full-time starter, which may beg the question of whether Liuget has shown he's able to handle a full load on a consistent basis. He's been in the defensive rotation since his freshman season, however, so those concerns shouldn't affect his position on draft boards. Liuget is not overly fast and lacks closing speed despite his quickness and athleticism for a man his size. Liuget is a high-motor guy, but some question his conditioning and ability to play at a high level all game long, although he has made some strides in this area as a full-time starter. Liuget is a great interior pass rusher, but he could use some work against the run. He knows how to shed blocks, but struggles to get off blocks on running plays on some downs.
Liuget is a 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end prospect. His best fit at the next level is probably at 4-3 defensive tackle where he has the potential to be a very good interior pass rusher. Liuget came out of Hialeah High School in Hialeah, Florida, choosing Illinois over other potential suitors like Miami, Florida State, Georgia and LSU with the hope that he'd get early playing time. He entered the defensive rotation as a freshman and as a junior in 2010 recorded 63 tackles with 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks in a starting role.
Potential NFL Team, Round
Liuget could hear his name called sometime in the middle of the round to a team like the San Diego Chargers with the 18th pick. In San Diego, Liuget would likely play the 3-4 end position. The New England Patriots are always interested in adding talent to their defensive front seven and could look at Liuget with their 17th or 28th pick to use him as a 3-4 end as well. Other teams in the middle of the round who could be interested in Liuget include the Miami Dolphins (#15) and Kansas City Chiefs (#21), who both run a 3-4 defense. Other teams who might give Liuget a look include Ithe Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, picking consecutively from #22 to #25. All of these teams run a 4-3 defense and would be ideal spots for Liuget.
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