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By PFW staff

Now that the Chargers have agreed to a contract with DT Corey Liuget on Thursday, there are only two remaining unsigned first-round picks. Terms of the reported four-year deal have not been released.

Liuget, the 18th pick in the draft, is expected to contribute immediately for the San Diego defense as a five-technique. Though the Illinois product didn't play the position in college, his size and agility (6-2, 298) should allow him to make the transition fairly smoothly.

The remaining unsigned first-rounders are the players picked immediately before and after Liuget: Patriots OT Nate Solder (No. 17) and Giants CB Prince Amukamara (No. 19).

The way we see it

Liuget might not start right away, but he will make an instant impact for the Chargers' defense.

Head coach Norv Turner sees the rookie as a strong, run-stopping defensive end who also can move inside on third down to rush the passer. The team has a solid D-line rotation, but the rookie will get plenty of snaps.

In PFW's 2011 Draft Preview, draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki said that Liuget "is not a finished product but, with continued physical maturation, could develop into the type of interior force who requires a double-team."

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