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Draft Spotlight - Day 32: D.J. Fluker

Posted Apr 24, 2013

We spotlight the former Alabama OT, who had 33 pancake blocks in 2012

The 2013 NFL Draft Spotlight series, previewing one pro prospect per day, ends today with the start of the draft (April 25-27) just over 30 hours away. None of the reports in this series are indicative of who the Kansas City Chiefs plan to draft, with any of their currently-owned eight picks.

Day 32 of 32

D.J. Fluker's rise to becoming a national champion hasn't been easy. His family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005; he attended three different high schools because of family issues and later, he had his apartment torn apart by the Tuscaloosa tornado of April 2011.

The consensus high school All-American didn't let change of scenery affect his play, going on to redshirt during his first season with Alabama in 2009, watching the Tide win its first BCS title under head coach Nick Saban.

In 2010, coach Saban didn't waste any time getting Fluker on the field, starting him at right tackle in the season opener. Despite an injured groin, costing him four starts and three games that year, SEC coaches saw enough of Fluker's play to put him on the Freshman All-SEC team.

He stayed healthy during his sophomore campaign, starting all 13 games at right tackle, while the team won its second BCS title in three years.

As a junior, Fluker started all 14 games at right tackle, totaling 36 during his collegiate career. His final season with the Tide ended in remarkable fashion, blocking for Alabama teammate RB Eddie Lacy, who carried the ball 20 times for 140 yards and one TD, during the 41-14 BCS title win against Notre Dame.

Fluker later went on to perform for NFL scouts, coaches and general managers at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.

Combine stats:

40-yard dash (5.31 sec)
225-lb Bench Press (21 reps)

What else should you know about D.J. in 2012?

* Three-time BCS National Champion

* Graded out at 98.6% on assignments

* Allowed four sacks in 267 pass attempts

STRENGTHS:

"Massive frame with incredibly long arms," ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said.

"He's going to be best staying at right tackle. A dominant run-blocker, his arms act like hydraulics and he just dominates the edge, allowing running lanes to form. Has to stay on the right side, though, because he's too susceptible to good pass-rushers. Has decent bend for his size."


QUESTIONS:

"At his size, Fluker is strictly a right tackle or perhaps even a guard prospect as he hasn't demonstrated the agility or balance necessary to handle NFL speed rushers on a consistent basis," according to cbssports.com.

"Even as a run blocker -- his specialty -- Fluker has a tendency to drop his head and stop his feet as he makes contact, resulting in some of his more talented opponents being able to disengage."

Name: D.J. Fluker
Position: OT
Height: 6'5
Weight: 339
College: Alabama
Hometown: Foley, AL

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