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Illini's Liuget could be Bears' pick

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Although rebuilding the offensive line remains the top priority this offseason, adding talent to the interior defensive line may be priority No. 2, which means Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget could be enticing to the Bears if he's still around when they make their first-round pick at No. 29.

The 6-foot-2, 298-pounder has all the traits of a dominant 3-technique tackle who can replace Tommie Harris.

"He's got everything you look for in a player at that position," one scout said. "He can be disruptive with his speed and also has the strength to push blockers back."

Liuget wasn't on most scout's radar until he decided to forgo his senior year and declared himself eligible for the draft. Since then, he has been steadily moving up the board. Another scout said he has been more and more impressed with Liuget while watching tape of his 2010 season.

Harris is scheduled to make $3 million in roster bonuses before he reports to training camp and could be released. With defensive tackle Anthony Adams also preparing to become an unrestricted free agent and 2008 third-round pick Marcus Harrison playing only sparingly last season, the Bears are thin at the tackle position.

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