Chargers draft Corey Liuget

Updated: April 29, 2011, 12:42 AM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Illinois junior defensive tackle Corey Liuget was selected No. 18 overall by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday.

"I knew they needed a heck of a defensive player and that's why they drafted me," Liuget said. "I'm going to come in, play some hard-nosed football and help them win championships."

Liuget, who is 6-2 and 298 pounds, recorded 63 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and three pass break-ups last ...

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