Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/25/13
One of the most integral cogs to the University of Alabama’s national title run was none other than their right tackle, D.J. Fluker.Fluker is a massive human being and plays with good athleticism for such a big man. He came to Alabama very highly-regarded, even being listed as a five-star recruit.Fluker did not disappoint as he started 35 games over his career and contributed to two National Championship teams.While some say Fluker is a right tackle only in the NFL, that is not very good in terms of his versatility -- he still is a player that can lock down one side of the line for many years to come.Vitals Height: 6’5”Weight: 339 poundsPosition: Offensive TackleSchool: AlabamaClass: Redshirt Junior College Production / StatsWalter Camp & AP second-team All-American First-Team All-SEC selection 35 career starts at right tackle According to Rolltide.com, he has missed only 11 assignments (98.6 percent) in 728 snaps in the 2012 season and only had two penaltiesMember and starter of two National Championship teams2013 NFL Combine: 21 bench press reps, 5.31 seconds in the 40-yard dash Strengths The strength of Fluker’s play is his strength. Fluker has massive girth and uses his weight room and God given strength to push people around in the run game. There may not be another tackle prospect out there that uses his feet and hands as well as Fluker does in run blocking.He possesses massive arms and his frame leads him to engulf defenders and really eliminate whatever is his path. One great quality Fluker has is that he is a vocal leader on and off the field.He is very animated and well-spoken and he strives to be a player that his teammates look up to. He plays with great balance and technique in his pass protection and has great hand punch in all that he does on his blocks.Fluker has proven that he does not get many penalties and usually grades out very well when it comes to his on the field assignments.Fluker graduated in four years and for that he was granted permission to participate in the Senior Bowl, which is a great indicator of his potential in the NFL. In my opinion, his best position will be guard and he could make a great career for himself inside. It will emphasize his size and strength the best.Weaknesses For all that Fluker adds to the run game, he does leave some to be desired in the pass protection area. Fluker has really heavy feet, not exactly a good thing in pass protection. He uses his massive wingspan to his advantage but he does struggle to get in place to cut off speed rushers.Third and long situations, or any other obvious passing down for that matter, will hurt Fluker’s chances of being successful. He will face some elite speed and will need to work on his foot quickness in order to not give up many quarterback pressures.  He needs to work on his kick steps vertical and his redirection steps in pass pro otherwise he will be very susceptible to double moves. Fluker will sometimes punch so hard he will get himself too far over his toes and be too top heavy. Potential Landing Spots Fluker has workouts scheduled with the Rams, Vikings, Cowboys, and Ravens.Where all of the mentioned teams are set at right tackle besides the Rams, I think some teams are looking at him as a guard.The Bears and Texans are also in need of some offensive line help and a solid starter to plug and play from day one.Draft Projection1st round talent, will fall somewhere in between pick 16 to the St. Louis Rams and pick 27 to the Houston Texans. NFL ComparisonThis is tough for me to decide. There are not too many like D.J. Fluker that play in the NFL today. Most Draft publications have him compare to Minnesota’s Phil Loadholt because of the similar girth and size comparisons.I think he plays a lot like his former teammate and current Seattle Seahawks right tackle James Carpenter, even though he is bigger and stronger.When it is all said and done, I think Fluker is in a league of his own with the size and athletic ability he possesses and will be a starter from day one. 
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