Draft Capsule: OT D.J. Fluker

Draft Capsule: OT D.J. Fluker
April 15, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Scott Krinch

D.J. Fluker (OT), Alabama

6-5 | 339 lbs.

Projection:

1st Round

Strengths:

Mammoth size, one of the biggest lineman in the current draft class. Tremendous strength. Uses his size on the edge to create running lanes and is road-grading run blocker. His length and build make him nearly impossible to move off the line. Plays with a mean streak and wants to impose his physical will on opponents from the opening kickoff. Has decent speed, despite his size. Fluker was an emotional leader in the locker room for the National Champion Crimson Tide. 

Weaknesses:

Due to his build, Fluker will be strictly a right tackle or moved to guard at the NFL level. Needs to improve on his footwork, struggles in pass-blocking situations and uses poor technique. His balance is poor and often times ends up the ground when trying to block speed rushers. Overextends his hands at times causing him to get beat off the line. 

Fit for the Bears:

It's no surprise that Phil Emery addressed the Bears' needs on the offensive line immediately in free agency with the signing of Jermon Bushrod and later with the addition of Matt Slauson. With two new starters in the mix, the Bears have the luxury of looking elsewhere in next week's draft, but they still need to add depth to the offensive line. Fluker is projected to get selected around No. 21 and could provide Chicago with a future Pro Bowl right tackle if the Bears go that direction.