Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Examining the power of D.J. Fluker
By Jamison Hensley
The Baltimore Ravens reportedly had a pre-draft visit with Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker. He's the prototypical mauling right tackle, which isn't the Ravens' biggest need on the offensive line.
If the Ravens are going to address the line in the draft, the priority is finding a left tackle. Of course, finding someone to hold down the most important position on the offensive line is easier said than done. Michael Oher has played left tackle in the past, but he is better suited to start on the right side. So, if Fluker unexpectedly slipped to the Ravens, Oher would move back to left tackle.
Fluker would be a better fit for the Cincinnati Bengals, especially if they fail to re-sign Andre Smith. Like Smith, Fluker is an Alabama product. Unlike Smith, Fluker relies on power as a blocker. Take a look at ESPN's Sport Science, which demonstrates his power when pulling and when he goes against bull rushes.