I do think people are being a little harsh on him. I am not saying I would like us to pick him 19th, but he has done well for himself this offseason and I have to give him credit for that. But, I still am not fond of his value at 19.
Coming into the combine there were rumors that he played overweight while at Bama. I read he weighed as much as 380 lbs at one point during the season. Scouts were expecting him to look sloppy at the weight in. Apparently, he did not despite weighing 355 lbs. Many scouts , including Mayock, were saying he carried the weight well.
NFL has shown that players who play at high weights like that tend to suffer from durability and stamina issues. Simply put, it is a massive amount to carry around for an entire game, let alone an entire career. He will likely need to get down to 330ish. That doesnt seem all that hard, but you never know. NFL history is riddled with players who failed because of weight management issues.
To be fair, Fluker has been extremely durable to date. But a 21 yr old guy carrying 355+ lbs for a couple years is 1 thing, doing it into your 30's is another and people like to spend early draft picks on O-linemen who will last.
These little question marks are enough to lower his value to the point where I wouldnt risk it at 19. I do think he would most certainly help our run game because he is absolutely a mauler in the run game. But, we arent a team uses the oline to "maul" anyways. We typically use very complicated blocking schemes that require more finesse blocks.
I will never be surprised by Reese, who is brilliant at keeping his intentions under wraps. But I can say I would be more surprised that in recent years if we selected Fluker.
Maybe if you get Fluker down to 320 or so he moves better, but does that take away from his ability in the run game?
Either way, how often do you see OTs go in the first (especially mid first) that are really RTs only, and possibly guards?
If you take an OT in the first, he better be able to play LT.
I just got a feeling about Watson that i don't have about Fluker... Like i said, i personally woulden't touch either in RD1, as there not rd 1 prospects in my opinion... I woulden't take Fluker in RD 2 either.. I think hes a bust waiting to happen personally.. And even if he plays ok, i see him with a short shelf life, that fades quickly, and isn't a 1st rd pick that has a long succesful NFL career...
DJ Fluker Sports Science
First thing you'll notice is that he doesn't need to lose ANY weight. And watch this little dude FLY!
That's a big boy...