D.J. Fluker Taken by Chargers. Should Take Bengals out of Tackle Market for Now

Dec 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive linesman D.J. Fluker (76) celebrates winning the 2012 SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome. Alabama won 32-28. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

 

Analysis via NFLMocks

11. San Diego Chargers – D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Chargers had no choice really but to go with Fluker here. Their offensive line is among the worst in the NFL. He will start for them at right tackle, and even though he is a bit of a reach (25th on our board), he fills their biggest need by far and I think this pick makes a lot of sense, despite the fact they passed on some better players. We had the Chargers trading up for Fluker.

 

With Fluker off the board, that should take the Cincinnati Bengals out of the offensive tackle market in the first-round. There aren’t any tackles left worth taking at #21, but perhaps they’ll move back and select Florida State’s Menelik Watson or Syracuse’s Justin Pugh.

We still believe they’ll stand pat and FIU’s Jonathan Cyprien should be the pick as #21.

 

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