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Prospect Profiles: Corey Liuget

COREY LIUGET, DT, ILLINOIS

Triangle Numbers: 6-3, 300, 5.00

Scouting Reports:

FF Toolbox:

University of Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget declared himself early for the 2011 NFL Draft. Liuget’s 2010 season marked his first as a full-time starter, but he certainly made the most of his time. He had 63 total tackles and five sacks this season.

Liuget has the appropriate size for his position. What makes him special is that he is also athletic with good quickness and footwork. He is consistently disruptive, likes to bull-rush his way into the backfield, handles double-teams well and plays with a tough energy.

While he lacks pass-rushing moves, he gets after the play so hard that he is difficult to block, especially in one-on-one. Liuget could play as a defensive tackle in a 4-3 or an end in a 3-4. He will need to work on small technique issues, such as staying on assignment and keeping contain on certain plays.

Liuget is likely a top five amongst the defensive tackles of this 2011 class. With a strong combine performance, he could even be top three due to his athleticism, versatility and prototypical size.

Liuget projects as a second round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Good size… Stout… Athletic… Disruptive… Gets some penetration… Good quickness… Very good strength at POA… Good initial punch… Good power… Can get penetration… Can bull his way into the backfield… Does a nice job shedding blocks… Violent hands… Can be unblockable in one-on-one situations… Solid versus the run… Anchors well… Good change of direction agility… Can occupy double teams… Strong base… Stays low… Stays active… Hustles… Pursues the action… Keeps his head up… Good tackler… Hard hitter… Goes for the strip… Good motor… Plays with a lot of energy… Leader… Improved his conditioning and stamina prior to this season… Selected All-Big Ten second team for the 2010 season… Versatile, fits as UT in a 4-3 or defensive end in a 3-4 scheme, and could play NT in obvious passing situations.

Negatives: Doesn’t have much of an arsenal… Average closing speed… Needs to improve maintaining containment as five-technique… Conditioning issues, wears down late in games, had some weight issues early in his career…

Sporting News:

Perhaps no player is flying up draft boards quite like Liuget. As a junior, few scouts had dissected his game on film until he entered the draft last month. Some had told us that he was a second- or third-round prospect, but after grinding his film we think he could/should be a top-10 pick. He had an outstanding 2010 season, showing great strength and athleticism. For such a big and powerful defensive tackle, he has rare explosiveness off the snap to blow up plays in the backfield by driving offensive linemen backward or by shooting a gap. Defensive tackles Nick Fairley of Auburn and Marcell Dareus of Alabama still rate higher on most teams’ draft boards, but Liuget is closing fast and ultimately could be drafted higher than one or both.

NE Patriots Draft:

Strengths: Excellent size and bulk – Above average strength – Stacks and sheds blocks very well – Can anchor against double teams – Uses bull rush very effectively – Devastating tackler – Scheme and position versatility is a positive – Can play 3-tech or 5-tech.

Weaknesses: Motor still needs improvement – Not much of a sack artist – Tries in pursuit, but doesn’t have good speed.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Corey Liuget is a guy I’ve seen mocked to the Giants a bunch of times. And it makes sense. The Giants have a need at defensive tackle. Liuget is one of the best. From the film, you can see the explosiveness. He’s disruptive in the backfield. Not necessarily a great pass rusher, but I think is impact is still felt in terms of getting a good push and making the pocket collapse. He’s an excellent run. He’s strong, he’s quick, he’s athletic. Question is, will he be available at 19? My guess would be yes. Fairley and Dareus are the top two guys, and will be gone in the top 5. There are a few other 3-4 guys that might be selected before Liuget. If he’s available at 19, you grab him. He’s a perfect fit for this team. He’s going to be a very good player.

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