D.J. Fluker is a great offensive lineman who is stuck behind three absolute studs at left tackle. He was one of the anchors on Alabama's amazing offensive line last season as it marched its way to a national championship.
Fluker is one of the heaviest tackle prospects, but in no way is he considered slow because of it. He still does a great job of getting to the next level or sliding out to stop speed rushers.
Here are some video highlights that showcase Fluker's skill level.
These are the Alabama highlights from its first game of the 2012 season against the University of Michigan. Fluker had a monster day run-blocking for Eddie Lacy, as the Crimson Tide rolled right on through the Wolverines.
Fluker is an above-average run-blocker and you can see this from the very first highlight. He is too big and strong not to be a beast in the run game. He uses his strength and size to help push his defender with ease.
His strength and skill have NFL teams hoping he's still on the board late in the first round or the second round.
There is no doubt that the SEC is the strongest football conference in the entire country. Fluker played exceptionally well against all of the SEC teams and this highlight video showcases that.
Every Saturday, Fluker would most likely line up against someone who is going to get a shot to play football on Sundays and every week Fluker won his matchup. If you want to be the best, you have the beat the best and that is exactly what Fluker and his team did.
Because of this schedule, he is pro-ready. The level of competition that he will face in the NFL will be a step up from what he saw in the SEC, but not as much of a jump as Central Michigan's Eric Fisher is going to face.
Working out alongside of Chance Warmack at their pro day in Alabama, Fluker was very impressive. He is not known for his footwork, which likely results in his sometimes poor pass protection, but during his pro day, his footwork looked sharp.
These are the types of improvements that the scouts and NFL general managers will love to see. It shows that he has the desire to be better and the work ethic to take himself there.
Fluker is behind the big three left tackles (Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher, Lane Johnson), but with his great work ethic, he would be a steal in the second round.