Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tackle D.J. Fluker (76) reacts on the sidelines against the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Alabama beat Michigan 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Fansided NFL Mock Draft Featured on National Football Post. Who Did Bengals Take?


 

We’re pleased to announce that the Fansided NFL Mock Draft has been featured on the National Football PostIt it a great honor for us editors here at Fansided, and we thank Russ Lande and the rest of the NFP staff for featuring our work.

Speaking of mock drafts, with a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Cincinnati Bengals’ draft plans, here’s he we ultimately went with when it was their turn to select:

 

21. Cincinnati Bengals: DJ Fluker, RT, Alabama

By: Jason Marcum, Strip Hype

If the Bengals go into Thursday’s draft with offensive tackle Andre Smith unsigned, they won’t hesitate to draft his replacement from the same school. The difference with Fluker is that he could conceivably play guard or tackle, so this could be the pick even if Smith does re-sign. Fluker could be moved to left guard to supplant Clint Boling, or be groomed at left tackle to eventually replace Andrew Whitworth. Fluker is a massive run blocker who still has room to improve in pass protection, but in 2-3 years, he could be as good, if not better than Smith, and not nearly as much of a headache.

Russ Lande: Although rumors have been circulating that the Bengals may re-sign right tackle Andre Smith, I believe that will only happen if D.J. Fluker is not on the board when Cincinnati picks.  Fluker is a massive man with long arms and very good feet who can handle the right tackle spot with ease.

 

 

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