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Said he is the best run blocking OT he has evaluated in 20 years.
The guy is athletic, which still baffles me why he has slow feet some times when passing blocking. But he more than held his own down the stretch like several other Bama players. I have a feeling he'll be a 1st round guy along with Milliner, Warmack, and Eddie.
His feet aren't slow, he has dominated great speed rushers. He just seems to drift attention wise against worse competition.
This post was edited by ReasonableDoubt 14 months ago
don't agree with the attn span part; I have heard just the opposite about him.
best of luck big Fluke!
hes just massive..you cant be too quick and 360 pounds...hes quick enough to get the job done but is always going to get torched here and there by elite ends. i expect him to be a solid late first round pick for somebody
Hope big Fluke ends up on a team that puts emphasis on running the ball. Would be NASTY on a team like the Steelers, Ravens, Texans, etc.
The light hasn't gone on yet for DJ relative to his ateticism, I heard a GA make a comment about him similar to that early in the fall. DJ has always been a massive, bullying type that knows how to use his size and strength very well and this lends itself very well to the road grader tag he has. What he hasn't learned to harness is the finesse part of being a lineman, and tackle in particular. DJ loves a challenge and I think he's going to find somebody that helps him improve that part of his game when he does that he will be a stellar and complete right tackle. I wouldn't be surprise to see a team with a lefty QB make a play for him early.
All this recognition he's getting is very deserved, DJ was always one of the hardest working guys on the team, always pushed him teammates and will be valuable in that respect to many a team.
My last comment is the obvious point of joy in the comments...how many times, from different analysts and about different players do you hear...he's the best "blank" I've seen/evaluated in years, ever, etc. I am becoming a huge fan of this time of the year...combine and NFL draft time is nothing put a continual advertisement for our program. Sure many others put guys in the league, but we have no peer, and it is not even close, in the consistency and depth at which we develop players for success at the next level...any recruits who want the best odds at winning and moving on to the next level have no other real choice when it comes to a college football decision.
"You don't always get what you want, but you always get what you deserve"
I don't believe you took the comment the right way...it's dead on and similar to what I wrote above. Being a mauler is what DJ is good at and it comes natural. Playing OL is not easy, there is a lot going on relative to your technique, but even more when it comes to who you block when in the given situation. DJ is always going to fall back and focus on the mauler mentality when he's thinking about his zone, etc. and it's the finesse portion of the game (feet and otherwise) that can get lost in the shuffle because it requires a conscious awareness vs the natural mauler instinct. DJ's ability to focus on getting better, on a workout, etc are unparalleled and I'll assume this is what you refer to here.
DJ has a very bright future in the NFL IMO and I look forward to watching him.
Fluker's awesome. I've never seen him take plays off but when Andre Smith was trying, that guy was dominant. Like Saban said to AS one time, "Do you know how good you can be?" Glad AS has made improvements this year in the NFL. If you had just highlight reel stuff on both, AS is the best I've seen in the last decade.
But with Fluker's attitude this is probably right. Teams with a QB with pocket mobility would be stupid not to give Fluke a look who hasn't hit his ceiling.
You dont know what you are talking about.
Also think it's going to help that he will interview well. People like him. And he's massive.
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Plus his feet are large
That might be a negative since they have to buy his shoes. Haha.
There were some initial concerns when he measured in just under 6-5, but height is not a problem with him. He is a long kid with long arms. He's the tallest 6-5 kid we've seen and has raw massive size and strength -- not built by a weight room but produced infrequently by God.
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As long as his skinny ankles can fit in those shoes, all should be well.
Just popped up on twitter that he checked in at 339 lbs at the combine
Didn't want to make a new thread for bad news (especially just hearsay), but it looks like Barrett Jones's stock is going the other way.
Albert Breer: "Same ... RT @LanceZierlein: I haven't run into single evaluator or coach who has Alabama's Barrett Jones within first 2 rounds."
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I hope DJ gets a paycheck to match his physique!
Interesting exchange of tweets...I don't see Jones going round 1, but don't see him getting left out of the second/early third...the statements that he doesn't make the guys around him better are rather short sighted.
Reminder, we had Kiper saying that last week. For that and more: http://alabama.247sports.com/Article/Heading-into-the-combine-Tide-poised-to-dominate-another-draft-116841
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lol. his cleats are crazy big. You wouldn't even think they are real they are so ridiculously large.
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What I AM going to MISS MOST about BIG FLUKE, is the way he shows emotion... If it is a 3rd and 3 and he knows they are running the ball you can see him get in the other guys' faces and pump them up... And what I love to see from him is when they don't make their goal of a first down or a TD, he starts jumping up and down in disgust... At some times it was laughable because you could just feel his drive..
Fluker checked in at 339 pounds. He was 355 at the Senior Bowl.
Fluker definitely became an emotional leader this past season.
One thing about Fluker that I've noticed: he has a gigantic wide base when playing. To me this is an incredible strength in run blocking and in pass blocking when faced with a bull rusher. However, big Fluker will have massive issues with speed guys. What I've noticed is while the naturally wide base helps him do his thing, it also makes his ability to quickly adjust his base position very difficult. Try it yourself....get a super wide base and attempt to change direction quickly. It's really hard to do...especially when you're 330+ and born with a natural big gate like that. The all pro tackles have tremendously quick feet that can adjust to speed. I think DJ will be a very good one, but he needs to work on that gap and change of direction. Go get em big Fluker!!!
That is true. However, his versatility, leadership and intangibles could keep him in Round 2. It will be close.
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