2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois

by Cory J. Bonini on March 22, 2011 @ 04:15:06 PDT

 


Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget chose to leave school after his junior year for the 2011 NFL Draft following his best season to date with the Illini.

In 2010, Liuget notched 63 total tackles and 5.0 sacks. He recorded 62 stops and 3.0 quarterback takedowns in the previous two seasons combined.

Strengths

  • Sheds blocks well
  • Stout (6-foot-2 1/8, 298 pounds)
  • Versatile - can play 4-5 defensive tackle or 3-4 five-technique end
  • Corey Liuget, draft prospect
    Versatile wide-body
    Uses his hands well - nice punch
  • Often commands double-teams
  • Strong tackler
  • Hustles to make plays
  • Locker room leader
  • Quick feet
  • Low center of gravity 

Weaknesses

  • Lacks elite close speed
  • Not a first-step rusher
  • Limited pass-rushing technique and talent
  • Wore down late in games (has reportedly worked on improving his conditioning)

Expected draft placement

Liuget has steadily risen up many draft boards in the past few months. He'll likely be a first-round pick. Teams that could show interest in him include the Indianapolis Colts (No. 22), New England Patriots (No. 28), New York Jets (No. 30) and Green Bay Packers (No. 32). A slide into the second round seems unlikely, and we feel the Colts are the most probable team to draft him. 

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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