04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 15. *D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama: Anyone who watched Alabama dismantle a talented Notre Dame defense in the BCS title game knows that the Crimson Tide offensive line, including Fluker, specifically, plays with great power. As such, ignore the fact that he posted "only" 21 reps at the Combine. The 6-5, 339-pound Fluker shows plenty of explosion where it matters ... on the field. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/16/2013 - 2013 Alabama Pro Day: Alabama's pro day was mostly about the big men. Linemen Chance Warmack, D.J. Fluker and Jesse Williams were among those working out for representatives from every NFL team Wednesday in the Crimson Tide's indoor facility while Barrett Jones did repetitions on the bench press. A highlight of the day was when projected first-round draft picks Fluker and Warmack, who total about 650 pounds, had some collisions holding a pad for each other in blocking drills.
''I enjoyed it. He's a teammate, but at the end of the day it's a work day,'' a sweat-drenched Fluker said. ''I ain't scared of nobody. Work day, baby. That's how we do it. It's the Bama way.'' The right tackle said he has dropped some 10 pounds since the BCS championship game, weighing in at 334 on Wednesday. - AP Sports
02/23/2013 - The lightning fast 40-yard dash times posted by Arkansas Pine-Bluff's Terron Armstread, among others, will get plenty of buzz but it is important to keep a bit of perspective on a style of spring no player will ever be asked to make in a game -- especially offensive linemen. As such, throw out the "slow" times from Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker, NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 rated offensive tackle and No. 24 overall rated prospect.
At 6-5, 339-pounds, Fluker's game is based on power. So, when he was credited with an unofficial 5.32 second time in the 40-yard dash Saturday, scouts were hardly dropping his stock. After all, the Falcons' Sam Baker (5.43), Ravens' Michael Oher (5.34), 49ers' Anthony Davis (5.36) and Browns' Mitchell Schwartz (5.38) all posted similar times over the past five years and yet wound up among the top 37 picks of their respective draft classes. Each has since emerged as a quality starter for his respective NFL team. Jake Long, the last non-quarterback to be drafted No. 1 overall, was clocked in at 5.22 seconds in 2008. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/23/2013 - If there is a concern with Fluker's athleticism it is that he has limited initial quickness and flexibility. Speed rushers will give him problems off the edge. In the running game, however, he is a brutal assignment for defenders as he consistently is able to control the edge with his extraordinary reach (36 3/8") and functional strength, including an explosive initial pop that simply doesn't translate well in the bench press, the only strength drill currently used at the combine.
As such, the relatively low 21 repetitions Fluker posted yesterday in the bench press won't harm his stock, either. Assuming teams are satisfied with his medical (he missed the Senior Bowl with a groin pull), Fluker is a rock-solid first round prospect. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
02/21/2013 - When D.J. Fluker showed up for the Senior Bowl he surprised people with his weigh-in. And, as CBSSports.com's Dave Richard noted at the time, not in a good way: Fluker had beefed up from his listed weight of 339 pounds to a heftier 355 pounds. So it's good news that, via NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, Fluker's managed to lose a chunk of his chunk since then, weighing in at 339 pounds at the combine.
Fluker, the 24th-overall prospect on NFLDraftScout.com's big board and the fourth-ranked tackle, was a projected first-round pick in three of CBSSports.com's four mock drafts. (Myself, Rob Rang and Pete Prisco all had him going in the 20-26 range.) Unlike the other top tackle prospects, Fluker's likely going to be a right-side only lineman. But he can make an immediate impact in the run game for whoever grabs him. However, Fluker checking into the NFL's version of a job interview with extra weight on his body wouldn't be a great look. Dumping off the additional pounds he picked up between the end of the year and the Senior Bowl is a good look and should boost his stock, particuarly if he performs well during workouts this week. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
01/24/2013 - TOP 10: SCHOOLS HIT HARDEST BY EARLY DEPARTURES: 7. Alabama: The two-time defending BCS champs would be higher on this list if not for the fact that they've proven so adept at replacing stars. Still, each of the three underclassmen moving on were standouts in 2012. Eddie Lacy still has some Notre Dame fans cringing, and imposing OT D.J. Fluker already has NFL scouts doing triple takes at his frame. DB Dee Milliner was one of the nation's top DBs in 2012. The O-line, which also loses standout OG Chance Warmack and versatile Barrett Jones (both seniors), will have its hands full replacing three key guys. The other two departures should be more seamless, especially with young T.J. Yeldon, a budding star at tailback, already having broken through. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
01/19/2013 - Alabama's D.J. Fluker and Syracuse's Justin Pugh, with their degrees in hand, received clearance from the National Football League to play in the 2013 Senior Bowl on January 26, in Mobile. They two offensive linemen become the first non-seniors to come to the Senior Bowl in its 64-year history. Both have declared for the NFL Draft with one year of eligibility remaining. However, because they earned their degrees and had been in school four years, the Senior Bowl approached the NFL about their eligibility, and they were cleared for this year's game.
Fluker was a second-team All-American in 2012 and a first-team All-SEC performer, holding down the right side of Alabama's dominant offensive line. He will be joined by five former Alabama teammates in Mobile: center Barrett Jones, safety Robert Lester, linebacker Nico Johnson, tight end Michael Williams and long snapper Carson Tinker.
"For DJ to be a part of the Senior Bowl as a 4th year junior graduate is a significant honor to he and his family," said Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage. "He not only had a great career at Alabama, but he also took care of business in the classroom and received his degree in December. With tremendous pride, Mobile will welcome him home." - SeniorBowl.com
01/11/2013 - Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, running back Eddie Lacy and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker announced on Thursday that they will forego their senior seasons and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. All three project as potential top-40 selections in April.
Fluker is NFLDraftScout.com's No. 4 offensive tackle and a borderline first-round pick. He started all 14 games this past season, leaving Alabama with 36 career starts at right tackle under his belt. At 6-6 and 335 pounds, Fluker has the mammoth frame and length to engulf rushers and be a mauler as a run blocker. He plays tight in space and can have trouble against speed rushers, causing some to think he's better suited at guard. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/09/2013 - Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker has decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft and will give up his final season of college eligibility, TideSports.com reported. The school has not yet confirmed that Fluker will turn pro, but an announcement could come as soon as Thursday, according to the report. NFLDraftScout.com rates Fluker as the No. 7 offensive tackle prospect and the No. 40 prospect overall. - The Sports Xchange
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: OT - D.J. Fluker, junior, Alabama...Fluker has started 35 career games at right tackle, including 29 consecutive games. A first-team All-SEC selection in 2012, he was a force on the right side of the Crimson Tide offensive line. - Alabama football
12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM: OL DJ Fluker, Alabama, 6-6 335 Jr., Foley, AL...Fluker, from Foley, Ala., has started 35 career games at right tackle, including 29 consecutive games. A first-team All-SEC selection in 2012, he was a force on the right side of the Crimson Tide offensive line. - Alabama football
12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): OL - D.J. Fluker, Alabama, Jr., has been selected Second Team All-Southeastern Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Fluker, a native of Foley, Ala., has made 35 starts in his career, including all 13 games this season at right tackle. Through the regular season, he graded out at 98.3 percent, missing just 11 assignments in 653 plays. Fluker is second on the team in pancake blocks with 30 and allowed only four sacks from his position in 266 pass attempts. - Alabama football
12/07/2012 - 2012 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - D.J. Fluker, Alabama, has been selected First Team All-Southeastern Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. Fluker has made 35 starts in his career, including all 13 games this season at right tackle. Through the regular season, he graded out at 98.3 percent, missing just 11 assignments in 653 plays. Fluker is second on the team in pancake blocks with 30 and allowed only four sacks from his position in 266 pass attempts. - Alabama football
11/16/2012 - Alabama coach Nick Saban indicated on his Thursday night radio show he isn't expecting offensive tackle D.J. Fluker to return for his senior season. Asked generally about recruiting needs, Saban said offensive line is a priority because of the expected losses. Fluker is a junior and is slated as a possible first-round draft choice by analysts. "We're a little bit thin in offensive linemen for the future, because we're going to lose three guys probably, two seniors and a guy (Fluker) who's probably going to go out for the draft," he said. "I can't say that right for sure yet. And we won't even consider it until after the season. That's going to be an important spot in recruiting." - Mark Edwards, The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
09/24/2012 - WEEK 4 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: OT D.J. FLUKER (Alabama) -- Graded out at 92 percent with three pancake blocks, no pressures, sacks or penalties against Florida Atlantic. - SEC football
09/11/2012 - STILL NEEDS WORK: Obviously, the O-line is a cause for concern after a six-sack outing by Western Kentucky. While McCarron should be blamed for a couple of those sacks as he held the ball too long, Hilltopper edge rushers were still beating a path to the QB with ease. The sacks also kept the Tide from being able to sustain many drives as they had the ball for only 27 minutes and 32 seconds. Long-term, that's not a recipe for success for many teams. - The Sports Xchange
09/03/2012 - WEEK 1 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: OT D.J. FLUKER (Alabama) -- Graded out at 85 percent with three pancake blocks and no sacks allowed against Michigan. - SEC football
08/30/2012 - Rob Rang's 08/30/12 Top 32 NFL Draft Big Board: 23. - The Sports XchangeD.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama: After four first-round picks in back-to-back drafts, the Crimson Tide may have to wait longer than they've grown accustomed to see their first player drafted in 2013. But no coach more consistently develops talent than Nick Saban. Fluker doesn't often get the media attention that linemate Barrett Jones receives but as the more physically gifted player, the powerful run blocker could hear his name called first. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2012 - Top-five Alabama prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: Top-five Alabama prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. OL D.J. Fluker...Since redshirting in 2009, Fluker has emerged as a standout at right tackle for the Tide. He played in 10 games in 2010 - starting nine of them - despite missing four games in early October due to a groin strain. He started all 13 games as the strongside tackle last season, demonstrating improved footwork and power from his first season of action. Fluker, who enters 2012 with two years of eligibility remaining, is still a bit unpolished, despite the fact that he's already earning preseason All-SEC recognition and is on the Lombardi and Outland Trophy Award watch lists. At his size, he 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. 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/14/2012 - Top-five Alabama prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: Fluker's combination of size and power, however, make him a formidable prospect who should only get better. For a drive-blocking, power-based scheme, Fluker ranks as one of the top right tackle prospects in the entire country. Due to his massive size and upside, Fluker will often earn comparisons to former Alabama standout Andre Smith, who the Cincinnati Bengals made the No. 6 overall pick of the 2009 draft. In reality, a fairer comparison is to former teammate James Carpenter, who also earned a first round selection but at No. 25 in 2011 by the Seattle Seahawks. Fluker is reportedly on pace to graduate in December, which could push him towards entering the 2013 draft with collegiate eligibility remaining should he earn a high enough grade from the NFL Advisory Committee. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL - D.J. Fluker, Alabama, has been selected first team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC head coaches. - Alabama football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): OL D.J. Fluker (171), Alabama, Jr., has been selected first team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC media. - Alabama football
07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. - The Rotary Club of Houston
07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: D.J. Fluker, Alabama, OT, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. - The Football Writers Association of America
05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 22. *D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama: Having produced four first-round picks in back-to-back drafts, the Crimson Tide may have to wait longer than they've grown accustomed to see their first player drafted in 2013 but no coach more consistently produces talent than Nick Saban. Fluker doesn't often get the media attention that his linemate Barrett Jones receives but as the more physically gifted player, the powerful run blocker could hear his name called first. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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