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
+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 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
-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
-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.