Liuget is a 6’2”, 298-pound defensive tackle out of the University of Illinois who should make the San Diego Chargers very happy on draft day and beyond.
Stocky, yet surprisingly athletic, Liuget was named second-team All-Big Ten after breaking out as a junior last season, making 63 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries from the D-line.
He’ll offer good flexibility up front, and is capable of excelling in both 3-4 and 4-3 defensive fronts.
Says The Sports Xchange:
“He's a tough one-on-one matchup because of his quick feet in rushing the passer, and is a stout run defender who can penetrate the backfield.”
At the NFL Combine:
“One scout [said] that Liuget had ‘one of the best workouts I've ever seen from a defensive lineman.’ … Liuget "demonstrated great explosiveness, hip flexibility and quick feet’ during the workout that was orchestrated by Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. … I'm not sure the kid broke a sweat. He had [Marinelli] working, not the other way around. I'm telling you, it was an impressive workout."
Liuget will be joining a solid Chargers defense and should get a shot at replacing Jacques Cesaire on the San Diego D-line.
Whether he starts right off the bat or not, Liuget is a monster and a terrific value for the No. 18 pick.
Draft grade: A-