Christo Bilukidi made Georgia State history Monday night when he became the first former player to appear in an NFL game.
Bilukidi played defensive end for two years for the Panthers, but has transitioned into a defensive tackle for the Oakland Raiders, who drafted him in the sixth round.
Bilukidi, wearing No. 96, came in with the second-teamers and appeared to play well. He was credited with two assisted tackles and it looked like he forced a holding penalty when the Cowboys’ center was flagged.
On the defensive side of the ball, the rookie that stood out most to me was Christo Bilukidi at defensive tackle. The Raiders have him listed at 311lbs, but he looks heavier than that to me. What he showed against the Cowboys was not only that he has the strength and technique to anchor vs the run, but that he has some pass rush ability.
He demonstrated that he had the power to collapse the pocket, but also on a several occasions showed the quickness to beat his man with an inside or outside move.
On a couple of plays he did get his pads a little high, but quickly anchored down and was very difficult for the offensive line to move around.
If Dennis Allen and Jason Tarver are looking for a player to man the nose tackle position in some 3-4 fronts, the Bilukidi might just be their guy.
“Christo had what appears to have been a disadvantage because he hadn’t been playing football very long,” Georgia State coach Bill Curry said. “But now that will become an advantage. Around here you can see things coalesce in his performance as he learned what full-speed way and chasing the ball all over the field.
“Because he is so smart he will watch the other guys who are cream of the crop, as he is. I think he has a wonderful future in football. More importantly he has a wonderful future as a human being.”
– Doug Roberson, AJC. Please follow me on twitter @ajcgsu