By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
10:34 AM EST, February 21, 2013
Nowadays, there's a bit less of massive Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker.
The bulky Crimson Tide blocker is down to 339 pounds here at the NFL scouting combine after tipping the scales at 355 pounds during the Senior Bowl.
It looks like Fluker took to heart input that he needed to be more mobile and improve his stamina. We'll see if the weight loss translates into a strong performance in field drills and testing.
Fluker is regarded as a potential first-round draft pick. He's regarded as a pure right tackle prospect and could even kick inside to offensive guard if needed.
“Fluker has the longest arms in the draft or one of the longest pair of arms in the draft," NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said. "He’s huge. I’m anxious to see him in some of the drills. He wasn’t able to participate in the Senior Bowl, but he’s a solid, first round, right tackle to me."
Sticking with the offensive line, NFL teams are extremely high on North Carolina offensive guard Jonathan Cooper, nearly as much as they're enamored with Alabama offensive guard Chance Warmack.
The combine, even for offensive linemen, is an opportunity to display athleticism.
"If I was Jonathan Cooper, I'd be excited," Mayock said. "If there is anything he is, he's one of the most athletic guards I've ever seen. So, he's going to get out there in a pair of gym shorts and have a chance to show people how athletic he is. All the combine should do for this kid is help him. This should be right up his alley.
"He's an athletic kid. He's explosive. He just needs to get into the meeting rooms at night, be comfortable, answer questions, and he'll be fine. I think this is a showcase for Jonathan Cooper."