2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Corey Liuget
If there is no truer statement about Corey Liuget, it’s that he’s too Liuget to quit. Okay, enough with the corny M.C. Hammer references.
The Hialeah Senior High School product was a highly touted four star recruit coming out of Florida. He had numerous offers from teams including Miami (Fl.), LSU, and even Florida State. Liuget played everywhere in high school, seemingly. He was always an athletic player as he played wide receiver, quarterback, defensive end, linebacker, and defensive tackle. Liuget even wrestled in high school, which is why his move to the interior line on defense seemed almost simple.
Liuget has experienced some weight problems, sometimes struggling to play 30 snaps in a game, and not being a full time starter. Despite his athleticism, he didn’t always seem to be as mobile or in shape as he could have been. However, prior to the 2010 season, Liuget dropped 30 pounds, and nearly doubled his snap average per game. He went from being a middle tier Big Ten defensive lineman, to one of the most dominant, yet under-rated.
Player Name: Corey Liuget
Position: Defensive Tackle
Arm: 33 1/4
40 Time: 4.95
Liuget is an excellent penetrating defensive tackle. He uses his strength and quick feet against guards, holding the point of attack with ease. Liuget gets a strong base, and does an excellent job getting leverage, and staying low when getting off of the snap. Liuget bullies the opposition with his strength, and throws offensive lineman off, so that he can make the play on the ball carrier. His athleticism makes him a versatile commodity as he’ll be able to make the transition to the five technique in a 3-4 defense if need be. He plays with a high motor, and gets a good punch off the snap.
The weight loss helped Liuget immensely in 2010. However, he still sometimes seems to lose steam in late in football games. He needs to work on his agility, and ability to move down the line with ease. Sometimes he gets caught up in traffic, often trying to run around a player, taking him out of position to make a play. When he’s lined up as a defensive end, he’s been prone to getting sucked in and not keeping contain properly. The weight issues are still somewhat of a concern if he can’t keep the weight down, and stay conditioned.
In a draft that’s filled with defensive line talent, it will be interesting to see where Corey Liuget falls in the 2011 NFL Draft. As of now, he’s looking to be a solid first round pick, and the second best defensive tackle in the draft. While he may not be as highly coveted as Nick Fairley, Marcell Dareus, or Da’Quan Bowers, it’s not hard to believe that Liuget could be selected in the Top 15.
I’d look for a team like Houston to take a hard look at him with the 11th pick overall, and Minnesota could look at him to groom behind the mammoths they have at defensive tackle. St. Louis, Miami, Jacksonville and New England would be ideal options, with the Miami and New England grabbing him as a five technique defensive end. Jacksonville could play him as an under tackle next to the dominant Terrence Knighton as well.
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