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Dj Fluker wants to be the Ray Lewis of our O - Line

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by charger1993, May 7, 2013.

  1. charger1993

    charger1993 bad motherfucker

    Feb 20, 2010
    A rampant run of offensive linemen romped the top 10.
    With the Chargers' needs, they weren't about to slow it down
    Tom Telesco made his first draft selection as general manager Thursday, choosing former Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker with the No. 11 pick. The 6-foot-5, 334-pound lineman started 36 of 37 career college games in Tuscaloosa, all at right tackle.
    He'll stay there with the Chargers.
    "He's a guy that we think can be a cornerstone to our offensive line for a long time," Telesco said. "He plays with a lot of energy and a lot of passion. You don't see that very often, especially with big guys. That's one of the things you see on the tape right away is the energy he plays with."
    Fluker's greatest strength arguably is his run blocking. Many scouts viewed him as a potential guard.
    Between his knee bend, physicality and experience working against the pass rushers in the Southeastern Conference, Telesco said he was comfortable taking what he called the best player remaining on his draft board.
    Fluker, 22, offered his own scouting report.
    "D.J. is a guy that, day in and day out, will go get it," he said in a video conference call from New York City. "He's a guy that you'll go to war with for 60 minutes ... (and) a guy also that's a leader of his offensive line. Me personally, I want to be the Ray Lewis of my offensive line and my team. I'm a guy who's going to lead my team to victory and be the high-energy guy. Being on the field is my playground. I enjoy it."
    The choice capped a long run of offensive linemen.

    The three top tackles came and went: Eric Fisher to the Chiefs at No. 1, Luke Joeckel to the Jaguars at 2 and Lane Johnson to the Eagles at 4. It was the first time in NFL Draft history that two tackles were taken in the first two picks. It was the first time three went in the front four.
    Of all years.
    The Cardinals took guard Jonathan Cooper at pick 7, and the Titans chose guard Chance Warmack at No. 10.
    Fluker said he has "something to prove to the world" for being the sixth offensive lineman taken.
    "I will never stop working," he said.
    So, San Diego's need at left tackle remains.
    It would have considered trading up to select Johnson if he fell to Cleveland at pick 6, but Philadelphia spoiled that. The Chargers have the No. 45 overall pick Friday, and among their left-tackle options are Arkansas Pine-Bluff's Terron Armstead and Florida State's Menelik Watson.
    The Chargers would save $2.3 million in cap space and $4 million in cash if they released Clary, but don't look for that anytime soon, a team source said.
    Their initial plan, it seems, is to see how Clary responds to a move inside to right guard, as they believe he may have the tools to pull off the transition. Asked about Clary, coach Mike McCoy said he wants competition, and the best starting five will be the one on the field.
    For the Chargers, help on the offensive line was a dire need.
    Rivers was sacked 49 times in 2012, second most of any NFL quarterback. His blind side was a carousel of undrafted rookie Michael Harris, oft-injured Jared Gaither and a still-developing Kevin Haslam. The Chargers averaged 3.6 yards per rush, tied for second worst in the league.
    One pick won't solve all of this offense's woes.
    Time will tell if it's a start.
  2. Lance19

    Lance19 BoltTalker

    Oct 2, 2011
    Well, to be fair, Fluker wasn't even 9 yet, when Lewis had his little
    "two stabbed guys and a bloody white suit that the cops never found" incident...
    just the same--though I know D.J. means it as a positive--there's a lot
    of guys around the league I'd feel better having Fluker compared to.
  3. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I love the smell of football in the morning.

    Aug 19, 2008
    A la Shaquille O'Neal as the big Patata or something along those lines...
  4. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2007
  5. Fossil

    Fossil BoltTalker

    Jan 6, 2008
    At least he didn't say, "I want to be the Brian Boitano of my offensive line and my team. I'm a guy who's going to figure-skate my team to victory and be the high-energy guy. Being on the ice is my playground. I enjoy wearing tights."
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