Corey Liuget is an athletic, versatile, penetrating, physical defensive tackle who is climbing up draft boards as the day approaches. He played many different positions along the defensive line in his career at Illinois, which will make him a coveted prospect come draft day. His ability to be quick off the snap and violent at the point of attack makes him best fit as a 3-technique in a standard 4-3 defense, but there are some who think he can slide out to defensive end in a 3-4, and even play some two-gap nose tackle in that type of defensive front. While not a pass rush specialist, Liuget brings with him a balanced game and should be a disruptive force in the NFL from very early on.
Liuget has quick feet and a great ability to penetrate the offensive backfield which makes him a force in the running game (25.5 tackles for loss in his college career). He plays with violent hands, slapping, ripping, and chopping as well as any defensive tackle in this class, allowing him to shed blocks consistently. Liuget can be almost unblockable in one-on-one situations. He plays with great leverage and a very strong base. He diagnoses plays well and keeps his head up at most times. He is a ferocious tackler who uses his size and strength to bring ball carriers down hard. Liuget does need to improve on his discipline as he tends to freestyle at times leaving open running lanes. He does not contain well on the edge when playing DE, and does not have the speed to run plays down from behind.
Liuget is not known as a big-time pass rusher (8.5 career sacks), but causes enough havoc in the backfield to be considered effective in this area. His tape shows way more game strength than his combine states would indicate (27 reps at 225 lbs.). He is an effective bull rusher who is quick off the snap and strong at the point of attack. Liuget displays great balance and plays with a low center of gravity. He plays displays limited pass rush technique and will need to improve this at the next level. Liuget plays with a great motor and tenacity when rushing the passer. He tends to tire at the end of games, and conditioning could be an issue at the next level.
Liuget does a great job of reading and reacting, especially in the run game. He is effective stacking blocks, even at nose tackle, and shedding to the play side. He keeps his head up well and flows to the ball in the running and passing game. He lacks discipline at times and tends to freelance a little too much.
For having relatively small hands, Liuget uses his as well as any defensive linemen in this class. He plays with violent hands, meaning he chops, swipes and rips extremely well. He plays with a low base and keeps his hands in advantageous positions at most times. Liuget seems to understand the importance of proper hand placement in maintaining his leverage and keeping offensive linemen off balance.
Liuget has had conditioning issues in the past that have affected his ability to be an impact player. Prior to his junior season he lost 30 lbs. and played his junior season around 300 lbs. He only started one season in college.
2010: Played and started in all 13 games.
2009: Played in all 12 games with 4 starts.
2008: Played in 11 games, with 2 starts.
Liuget is a Sociology major.
Awards & Honors
2010: Named to All Big-10 second team, named Illinois’ Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman, named honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly.
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