San Diego Chargers: D.J. Fluker Wants To Be Offensive Version Of Ray Lewis

By Kenny Gardner
D.J. Fluker San Diego Chargers
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers chose former Alabama Crimson Tide right tackle D.J. Fluker with the 11th pick in round one of this year’s NFL Draft.

According to a video on Bleacher Report, Fluker said that he wants to be the Ray Lewis of San Diego’s offensive line.

Lewis was the heart and soul of the Baltimore Ravens throughout most of his career from 1996-2012. Fluker has high expectations for himself by making such a statement, but it is better for a rookie or any player to set lofty goals rather than to not show confidence.

Fluker graded close to 99 percent on blocking assignments, was selected to a first-team All-SEC and was a first-team All-American in his last season with Alabama.

San Diego’s offensive line allowed 49 sacks in 2012, which ranked fourth in the NFL. The team’s front office is going with an almost complete overhaul of the offensive line, as center Nick Hardwick is the only starter on from 2012 who will return as a starter at the same position in 2013.

Marshall Faulk said that he believes Fluker could be converted from RT to left tackle, but the latter position requires more athleticism to play. While this remains to be seen, Fluker lost 16 pounds since he last played with the Crimson Tide, which should help with his mobility to block for teammates.

Fluker is the only projected starter under the age of 25 on San Diego’s offensive line, and two projected starters will be at least 30-years old on November 5. This gives Fluker a chance to potentially be the heart and soul of San Diego’s offensive line because he could have the longest tenure among the linemen.

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