Chargers think Corey Liuget is a fine fit


When the San Diego Chargers took Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget with the No. 18 overall pick in the April draft, some were surprised in NFL circles.

Some league observers didn’t think Liuget is a perfect fit for the Chargers’ 3-4 defense. However, the Chargers aren’t worried about it and expect Liuget, who will start at defensive end, to have a seamless transition to the 3-4 defense.

New San Diego defensive coordinator Greg Manusky told the team’s website that he has no doubt Liuget will excel in the 3-4 defense. Manusky simply thinks Liuget is the type of defender who can help in any scheme.

“Quick. Strong. Fast. And can hold a point. For defensive linemen, if you find those characteristics in a player, you want to draft him,” Manusky told the website. “I don’t care if a guy weighs 400 pounds but he’s got great speed and great feet. Shoot, I’d have him playing corner if he could cover wide receivers for us. In regards to him being a 4-3 guy or a 3-4 guy, he’s got the attributes to be a pretty good defensive end. That’s where he is.”

If I were a San Diego fan, I wouldn’t worry about Liuget’s transition. The Chargers wouldn’t take a player it didn’t think would fit their scheme. I expect Liuget to provide instant dividends.