Aug 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers offensive tackle D.J. Fluker (76) prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Pro Football Focus is already giving out their grades to the draft picks after their first performances in the preseason. Here is their grade on D.J. Fluker:
11. D.J. Fluker, T, San Diego Chargers Grade: +0.1 Snaps: 12 snaps with the first team Analysis: When advertised as a draft prospect, the criticism of the Chargers right tackle was that he was strong against the run and less so in pass protection. Living up to that from day one he gave up a pressure to O’Brien Schofield and got the better of Red Bryant in the run game.
That is a nice positive score from Pro Football Focus. Fluker did have trouble with speed off of the edge and may need some help from the running back when teams place their speed rusher on his side. He still held his own.
He also is a road plow. He and Jeromey Clary should open up some big lanes for Ryan Mathews and the other running backs on the roster to run through. If the Chargers are able to establish a running game, it will open things up for Philip Rivers and the passing game.
I like what I have seen from Fluker so far. As soon as he figures out how to slow down that speed off of the edge, he will be on top of the world.