Alabama OL D.J. Fluker Officially Enters NFL Draft

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJanuary 11, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  D.J. Fluker #76 and William Ming #56 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Alabama  won the game by a score of 21-0.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Ho-hum. Another year, another NFL draft full of Alabama players expected to go in the first two rounds. 

Last year, there were four Crimson Tide stars drafted in the first round and five in the first 35 picks. Offensive lineman D.J. Fluker is making sure Alabama will somehow outdo itself in 2013.

According to Chase Goodbread of the Tuscaloosa News, the big junior has officially declared for April's draft:


D.J. Fluker will enter draft as well, per Saban.

— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) January 11, 2013


This doesn't come as much of a surprise, as the Associated Press second-team All-American was expected to take his talents to the next level after a dominant season in Tuscaloosa. 

As a member of Alabama's supreme offensive line that consisted of first-team All-Americans Chance Warmack and Barrett Jones, Fluker helped open massive holes for Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon en route to a dominant BCS National Championship victory.

Moreover, the young tackle was just as impressive in pass protection, creating pristine pockets for quarterback A.J. McCarron to throw out of. 

Fluker clearly has the production. At 6'6" and 335 pounds, he has the size. According to most pundits, he also has the athleticism, footwork and speed to be a force at right tackle at the next level. 

Hearing his name called sometime in the first 32 picks looks to be a near-lock. 

Add him to a list that includes Warmack, Jones, Dee Milliner (junior) and Jesse Williams—who all have the talent to be selected in the first round—and the Crimson Tide appear set to once again provide the NFL with a ridiculous amount of talent.