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Corey Liuget (DT, Illinois)

Discussion in '2011 Draft Archive' started by DCEBB2011, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. DCEBB2011

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    [FONT=Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif][SIZE=-2][FONT=Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif][SIZE=-2][FONT=Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif][SIZE=-2][FONT=Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif][SIZE=-2]Illinois went three-for-three this week. It wasn't exactly the kind of completion rate Illini fans hoped for, however, when defensive tackle Corey Liuget became the third junior in two days to declare for the NFL draft, according to ESPN. Liuget follows linebacker Martez Wilson, who announced his decision on Monday, and running back Mikel Leshoure, who held a news conference on Tuesday morning. Liuget, who was named second-team all-Big Ten, is projected to be selected as high as a lower first-round pick in the draft. He finished with a team-high 12 1/2 tackles for loss as part of 63 tackles on the season. Liuget also recorded 4 1/2 sacks for 27 yards. Illinois will need to find ways to replace the three star players, who helped lead Illinois to a 7-6 record with a victory in the Texas Bowl. - Shannon Ryan, The Chicago Tribune

    At 6-3, 300 he has the size and speed (5.12e) to play DE in our scheme. He is our #3 junior DT and could go as early as the 2nd round.

    Here is an analysis per Rob Rang of NFLDS:

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    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Verdana,Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif][SIZE=-2] Pass rush: Tough for many college interior linemen to handle one-on-one in pass protection. Quick enough to beat lesser linemen off the snap at three-tech, uses his hands to free himself from block when there is enough space to do so. Gets his man on skates or pushes through a block (or double) to the quarterback to get pressure. Also strong and quick enough to play on the nose in obvious passing situations. Recovers from strong punch to run through a gap immediately. Does not have elite closing speed, but his hustle and ability to stay low make him difficult to escape within or outside the pocket.

    Run defense: Stout defender who plays with a strong base. Penetrates into the backfield with quickness. Lines up at three and five-technique spots. Capable of stack-shed inside or outside. Gets past reach blocks on inside runs with quick feet and strength to keep blocker on his shoulder. Usually keeps his head up to find the ball. Lacks acceleration to keep outside containment as a five-technique. Not consistent defeating cut blocks with his hands.

    Explosion: Not elite in his first step, but has enough to be a pass rush and penetrating run-stopper inside. Ballcarriers feel every bit of his strength when he tackles them, and blockers are bruised up with his punching and swiping throughout the game.

    Strength: His ability to play multiple positions not only comes from his quick feet, but also his strength. Lands a big punch into the chest of his man, swipes with aggression to move the blocker aside. Uses his low center of gravity to his advantage, getting leverage to stack one-on-one and shed to either direction when playing two-gap at nose tackle. Senses zone block, uses blocker's inertia against him with a strong push to get into the backfield. Usually anchors well against single and double blocks, but can get moved by NFL-caliber linemen.

    Tackling: Strong upper body, hustle, and good length make him an excellent tackler. Engulfs running backs in the backfield when able to penetrate. Built low to the ground, displays excellent change of direction ability to stay in front of backs cutting against the grain. Hustles 10-15 yards downfield to make or help on tackles. Adds himself to piles when able. Lacks elite closing speed to chase down backs from behind. Tends to run out of steam when playing a lot at the end of games.

    Intangibles: Coaches say Liuget is a leader in the locker and meetings rooms. Chose Illinois over southern schools because of head coach Ron Zook. Wished to transfer after two years in Champaign due to home sickness; mother said he would not be welcome home if he transferred.
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