NFL Draft: San Diego Chargers select D.J. Fluker with No. 11 pick

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

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Offensive tackle continues to be the hottest position in the first round of Thursday's NFL Draft. San Diego was the latest team to take a tackle, drafting Alabama's D.J. Fluker with the No. 11 overall pick on Thursday. Fluker is the fourth tackle off the board, behind Eric Fisher at No. 1, Luke Joeckel at No. 2 and Lane Johnson at No. 4.

Fluker played a key role in helping Alabama win the past two national championships. As a redshirt sophomore in 2011, Fluker started all 13 games for the Crimson Tide at right tackle. With Fluker's help, Alabama's rushing offense ranked 16th nationally with 214.5 yards per game in 2011.

Last season, one of Fluker's biggest games came in the SEC championship against Georgia. In that game, Fluker tallied three pancake blocks, didn't allow a sack and played a large part in the Crimson Tide's ability to rush for 350 yards, an SEC title gam record.

Fluker only missed 11 assignments in 728 total snaps in 2012, according to Alabama.

In his predraft analysis, NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang called Fluker a 'powerful run blocker,' something the Chargers and their 27th ranked rushing attack could use.

Fluker becomes the third Alabama offensive tackle to be taken in the first round since 2009, joining Andre Smith, the sixth overall pick by the Bengals in 2009, and James Carpenter, the 25th overall pick by the Seahawks in 2011.

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