Cowboys’ Potential 2013 Draft Pick: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Perhaps the most important trait of Fluker’s that we’re all waiting to see is his weight. He’s listed at 6’6’’, 335 pounds, but there have been reports that he’s played as heavy as 355 pounds. There’s simply no way Fluker can be expected to keep up with edge-rushers in the NFL at that weight.
Even at 335, Fluker doesn’t display the sort of skill set in pass protection that you’d want in a potential first-round pick. He’s not overly athletic and frequently gets beat by speed. He’s going to struggle in pass protection if he stays at offensive tackle because, well, everyone in the NFL is fast. Fluker frequently gets beat across his face because, since he’s slow-footed, he often has to turn perpendicular to the line to keep up with rushers, who then dart inside. Fluker is also poor in space and won’t consistently lead the way on screens or other plays when he’s asked to move too far laterally.
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