D.J. Fluker: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Alabama OT

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IApril 25, 2013

D.J. Fluker: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Alabama OT

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    D.J. Fluker is one of the—if not the—most powerful and physical imposing offensive linemen in the 2013 NFL draft class. 

    He was a full-time starter for Alabama for two seasons and spearheaded a tremendously devastating offensive front in 2012 for the national champion Crimson Tide. 

    Here are five things you need to know about him.

    Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.

Background

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    Full Name: D.J. Fluker

    Birthday: March 13, 1991

    Hometown: Born in New Orleans, La., raised in Mobile, Ala.

    High School: McGill-Toolen Catholic High School

    Major: Health Studies

    Year: r-Junior

     

    Coming out of high school in 2009, Rivals.com rated Fluker as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country, ahead of Florida's Xavier Nixon, LSU's Chris Faulk and Michigan's Taylor Lewan. He has already graduated from Alabama.

Statistics

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    2010: Fluker helped a line that finished 29th nationally in rushing offense at 182.92 yards per game. He appeared in 10 games and started nine of them.

    2011: He helped Alabama rank 16th nationally running the football with an average of 214.5 yards per game and started all 13 games.

    2012: He was second on the team with 33 pancake blocks and allowed only four sacks in 267 pass attempts. He also started all 13 games.

    (All statistics courtesy of RollTide.com.)

     

    Alabama's team yards-per-carry average of 5.6 in 2012 ranked sixth in the FBS.

Draft Process

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    Measurables

    Height: 6'5''

    Weight: 339 pounds

    Arm Length: 36 1/4''

    Hand Size: 10.5''

     

    Combine Results

    40-yard dash: 5.31

    Bench: 21 reps

     

    Fluker did not participate in any of the testing during the Alabama pro day, but he did do on-field work. 

Interesting Facts

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    Fluker and his family were forced to move from New Orleans, La. due to Hurricane Katrina. Fluker could have had a completely different career path had he never moved to Alabama.

Observations

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    Fluker is an absolutely mauling offensive tackle who has the size and sheer power to punish starting NFL defensive linemen today. 

    Although he moves well for his size, his feet don't appear to be fast enough to play left tackle. As a right tackle or guard, he has All-Pro potential.