Sep 3, 2011; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman DJ Fluker (76) warms up prior to the game against the Kent State Flashes at Bryant Denny Stadium. The Tide defeated the Flashes 48-7. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Fansided NFL Mock Draft: Cincinnati Bengals Go Down a familiar Path


The latest Fansided NFL Mock Draft is out, and for the first time, the Cincinnati Bengals are going offensive tackle with their first selection at pick #21:

 

 

 

 21. Cincinnati Bengals – D.J. Fluker, OT/Alabama

NFLMocks Scouting Report

Positives:

+Legs resemble tree trunks
+Only player at the combine who’s arms are longer than my legs
+Creates the widest base you’ll ever see
+Plays with good on field intensity
+Good strength
+Good run blocker
+Good athlete for his size
+Might be better in the NFL than in college, since he’ll get to play against more 3-4 defense

Negatives:

-No feel for the game whatsoever
-Solid lateral range, but quickness is lacking
-Poor balance, simply clumsy
-Awkward in every phase of the game
-On field awareness is mediocre
-Very inconsistent
-Doesn’t know how to make use of his length

 

Coming into the 2013 offseason, offensive tackle was thought to be one of the biggest strength for the Bengals, assuming they re-signed Andre Smith. Because they didn’t use the franchise tag on him and haven’t been able to work out a deal yet, what was once a strength could now suddenly become a gaping hole.

The only way the Bengals make this pick is if Andre Smith is no longer on the team, and Fluker would be a descent replacement. He was once projected as a top-15 pick, but the sudden emergence of Lane Johnson and Eric Fisher has pushed Fluker down on a lot of draft boards.

The thought of the Bengals drafting an OT in the first-round gaining steam. In his latest mock draft, ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Cincinnati selecting Fluker.

 

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