At first, Luke Joeckel was the 2013 NFL Draft's clear-cut top offensive tackle. Then Eric Fisher started to give him a run for his money, and Lane Johnson crept into the top 10 discussion. Well, those three tackles may need to make room for a fourth, as Alabama's D.J. Fluker has picked up a full head of steam heading into Thursday's draft.
Fluker has been linked to both the Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers, who own picks No. 10 and 11, according to Tony Pauline. Both are in need of help along the offensive line, with the Titans viewing Fluker as an immediate starter at guard, while the Chargers would likely slide him in at right tackle.
While Fluker projects as a mauler in the running game and a solid right tackle, there are serious questions about his ability to ever be a left tackle in the NFL, which limits his value some. That hasn't stopped him from rising up boards and getting some consideration as a top 10 pick, though. In fact, it appears he now has a chance to be drafted ahead of Alabama teammate Chance Warmack, which seemed like a long shot just a few weeks ago.