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D.J. Fluker Selected No. 11 by San Diego Chargers

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Sitting at No. 11 in Round 1, the San Diego Chargers watched the top three left tackles and top two guards come off the board in picks 1 through 10. So, the Chargers went with Plan B and nabbed the top right tackle available.

Fluker plays with a bit of an all-or-nothing game. If he gets his hands on a defender in the vicinity, it's over -- he's too strong and too big for those defenders to then recover and make a play. Where he struggles at times is off the snap, as speed rushers can throw him off balance and get into the backfield.

It's that occasional difficulty out wide that had some projecting Fluker as a guard at the next level. He may wind up there, too, depending on what the Chargers do in the coming months. They have some options (though, not great ones) at tackle, including Jeromey Clary and free-agent signee King Dunlap. Fluker would have to play on the right if he's going to be at tackle, so one of those guys need to fill the left side still.

There were other options here for the Chargers, including dropping DTs Star Lotulelei and Sharrif Floyd. But this offensive line simply had to get better.

Grade: B. Kind of a bad break for the Chargers that there was such a run on linemen early. Trading up might have cost them too much, however, and Fluker proved at Alabama that he can be a menace for defenses.

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