Alabama Crimson Tide standout right tackle D.J. Fluker will most likely hear his name called in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and he will likely be picked between the 20th and 30th picks in the draft. Fluker has shown that he really wants to play at tackle in the pros by losing some weight, but Fluker is definitely a run blocking right tackle at the pro level given his size and significant struggles against speedy edge rushers.
According to NFL Insider Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Fluker met with four teams in the Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, and Minnesota Vikings. All four of these teams could use the talented Alabama product either at tackle or guard, and they will likely try to play Fluker at tackle first and then go from there. For some reason, Fluker reminds me of current Patriots RT Marcus Cannon, whom the Pats are currently high on.
I doubt the Patriots draft Fluker, but I have stated a couple of times that they will likely show some interest. They are showing some interest right now after meeting with him, but the Ravens seem like a more likely landing spot for Fluker. The Ravens could use the big tackle to help bolster their run blocking, and they could even slot him inside.
The Carolina Panthers have the biggest need for an offensive lineman, and D.J. Fluker’s best fit is actually with the Panthers. Their situation at guard is horrendous, and starting right tackle Byron Bell has shown absolutely nothing in his first two years. Even if Fluker can’t protect the passer well at tackle, he can’t be as bad as Bell.
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