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Inside Scouting Report: D.J. Fluker
Kirk McNair: The first thing I think about D.J. Fluker as a potential pro is that he is a very good run blocker and usually had help on pass blocking. Like most successful SEC teams, Alabama is a run-first offense. I think Fluker would've been considered a dominant right tackle in the SEC.
ML: Fluker is seen as a bit of a classic road-grader/mauler ... does he have the athleticism to hold his own in a zone-blocking scheme?
KM: Although he is best at run blocking, I think he is very athletic.
ML: What are your concerns about his ability to continue his success in the NFL?
KM: I'm not sure I have a concern, but Alabama averaged a little over 20 passes per game, and I suspect there will be more pass plays at the pro level, so it will be a different game for Fluker.
ML: What are a few of his standout attributes that made him a worthy pick at No. 11?
KM: Fluker has a long list of attributes. For one, he is intelligent (although he is very shy in interviews). He was an unquestioned leader of Alabama's offense. He is a dedicated athlete, a guy who does all the work to be better. He has missed little work with injury -- in fact, I can't remember him missing a play since his freshman year when he had a groin pull.
ML: The Chargers picked him at No. 11 ... good move or bad move?
KM: I remember seeing D.J. absolutely dominate in the Alabama-Mississippi High School all-star game and asking Scott Kennedy how in the world he could have Fluker as no more than a three-star, so I was impressed by Fluker early. And I always thought Vince Lombardi had it right when he said he liked to get guys who were accustomed to winning. D.J. has been a three-year starter on the most successful team in the nation the last three years.
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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 16 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.
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