With the 18th pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the San Diego Chargers have selected DT Corey Liuget. This is a solid pick for the Chargers because Liuget, who hails from Illinois, can potentially play nose tackle or defensive end in their 3-4 defense.
The Chargers were connected to a number of players in the various mock drafts out there and most picks had them addressing the defensive front seven. Liuget was a popular mock draft pick for the St. Louis Rams at the 14th pick but they passed.
The Chargers decision to address the defensive line makes sense from this standpoint -- the Chiefs and Raiders, who are both in the AFC West with the Chargers, are the No. 1 and No. 2 rushing attacks in the NFL. They have to stop the run in their division and Liuget helps with that.
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