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2011 NFL Draft: Illinois' Corey Liuget Taken By San Diego Chargers With No. 18 Pick

We’re still a dozen picks away from the Chicago Bears’ turn to pick at No. 29 in the 2011 NFL Draft, but a quick note on the No. 18th pick of the first round — Corey Liuget, the talented young defensive line prospect who played his college ball at the University of Illinois. The San Diego Chargers have to be pleased to have seen Liuget fall to them, as many believed that he would be off the board by the time the first 15 picks had been announced. A Miami native, Liuget has lots of growth still in him, as he’s just 21 years old. The Chargers would have liked to have improved their woeful special teams in this year’s draft, but there’s still plenty of time to find players who can contribute in the third phase of the game. For the time being, San Diego welcomes in a bigtime talent with lots of upside even if he’s not going to contribute anything on ST outside of potentially being a wedge buster. Congratulations to Liuget on the accomplishment!

Stay tuned here and at Windy City Gridiron for more NFL Draft updates and fan reaction as we wait for the Bears to select a bit later in the evening.