Bears could target OT D.J. Fluker

Updated: February 23, 2013, 3:50 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker isn't afraid to speak openly about the style of leadership he hopes to bring to the next level.

"I want to be the Ray Lewis of my offensive line," Fluker told reporters at the NFL scouting combine.

One of the top offensive tackles in the 2013 NFL draft, Fluker comes across as a high-energy, hard-working player who started 36 games over the last three years in the Crimson Tide's pro-style offense. The 6-foot-4 Fluker actually lost about 25 pounds late in his college career, and checked in at 339 pounds this week in Indianapolis, where he plans to sell teams on not just his overall ability, but also his work ethic.

"(I sell) my passion for the game, first of all," Fluker said. "I bring energy to the table, every day, every practice, on weekends, gameday, that's what I do. I take pride in my blocking, but I'm trying to refine every technique to my game.

"Any team that wants to win a championship. Any team that wants to win on Sunday, that's the type of team that I want to go to. The team that has the attitude that they will not be denied, the guys that actually want to go out there and work hard and do something special, win a Super Bowl, that's the type of team I want to be a part of it.

"There's no time to relax. Every day is a work day."

Fluker said he's discussed playing both tackles spots with teams here at the Combine, but he's also open to the idea of moving inside to guard if necessary.

"Whatever the team needs me to do," Fluker said. "I'll try anything. I'll even play center."

If Fluker is still on the board when the Bears are on the clock with the No. 20 overall selection, it might be difficult to pass up such a decorated and impressive player.

The Bears have several needs to fill on their offensive line at tackle, guard, and perhaps even center, where Roberto Garza is nearing the end of solid career, so the idea of drafting a player such as Fluker makes sense.

Outside of right guard Lance Louis, who is still recovering from a torn ACL injury, and perhaps tackle J'Marcus Webb, is anybody's spot on the line is secure? New Bears offensive line coach Aaron Kromer could decide to hold an open competition for at least three spots next summer, maybe four spots if Louis isn't ready by the start of training camp. Fluker could ease some of those concerns, if the Bears are in a position to draft him in two months.

Jeff Dickerson | email

Chicago Bears beat reporter
Dickerson has been the Bears beat reporter for ESPN Chicago since 2004. He also hosts weeknight radio shows on ESPN 1000.

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