Thursday, April 25, 2013
Chargers' O-line gets huge addition
By Bill Williamson
Earlier Thursday, there was speculation that new the San Diego regime would get antsy and trade up to get one of the top three left tackles.
I thought that wouldn’t be a great idea and that the Chargers have many needs and should keep their picks. Apparently, they agreed.
But it probably wasn’t easy. The Chargers, who have major needs on the offensive line, watched the top five offensive linemen go in the first 10 picks. They then took Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker.
Fluker is massive at 6-foot-4, 340 pounds. He was a dominant player at a dominant school.
While he can play guard, Fluker will probably replace the replaceable Jeromey Clary at right tackle.
Fluker is a great run-blocker, and he will help this team. He gives quarterback Philip Rivers a big, tough protector. Of course, left tackle is still a need.
Perhaps San Diego will fill the hole on a temporary basis with Bryant McKinnie. They have been interested in him.
The Chargers’ offensive line is still a work in progress, but there is no doubt it got better with the addition of the monstrous Fluker.
He is the first offensive lineman San Diego has taken in the first round since 1986. That is the longest such streak in the NFL.