D. J. Fluker

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D. J. Fluker
D.J. Fluker
Fluker with the San Diego Chargers in 2013
No. 76 New York Giants
Position: Offensive lineman
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-03-13) March 13, 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 339 lb (154 kg)
Career information
High school: Foley (AL)
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2016
Games played: 59
Games started: 59
Player stats at NFL.com

Danny Lee Jesus "D. J." Fluker (born March 13, 1991) is an American football offensive lineman for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Alabama, where he was recognized as an All-American.

High school career[edit]

Born and raised in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana,[1] Fluker and his family left the city in the final hours before Hurricane Katrina roared ashore.[2] They moved to Biloxi, Mississippi, and later Mobile, Alabama, where Fluker attended McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. By eighth grade, he stood 6'3" and weighed 400 pounds, but later lost much of that weight.[3] At McGill-Toolen, Fluker was a dominating defensive lineman. Family issues took Fluker back to Biloxi, for his junior year, where he remained at defensive tackle, after almost giving up on his football career.[4]

Prior to his senior year, Fluker moved back to Alabama—this time to the city of Foley. At Foley High School, head coach Todd Watson convinced Fluker to play on the offensive line to exploit his full potential.[3] In his first year at offensive tackle, Fluker graded out at 92 percent with 60 pancake blocks and 28 knockdowns. Foley finished the season with a 7–3 record, including a 24–17 win over Fluker's old McGill-Toolen team. Fluker earned high school All-American honors from USA Today, Parade, EA Sports, and SuperPrep. He also received an invitation to the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

In addition to football, Fluker was also a member of the Foley track & field team, where he threw the shot put, recording a top-throw of 16.27 meters (53 ft 1 in) at the 2009 Mobile Challenge, where he took 4th.[5]

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Fluker was ranked No. 1 among offensive tackle prospects in the nation.[6] Despite growing up an LSU Tigers fan, Fluker committed to Alabama.[7]

College career[edit]

Fluker enrolled in the University of Alabama, where he was a member of coach Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide football team from 2009 to 2012. Projected to play as true freshman at Alabama, he was a candidate to replace All-American Andre Smith at left tackle, although junior college transfer James Carpenter was considered to have better chances,[8] and eventually got the starting nod. Fluker started the season as third-string right tackle,[9] but eventually redshirted his first year. In 2010, Fluker started nine games at right tackle. He missed three games with an injury midseason.

As a sophomore, Fluker started all 13 games for the Crimson Tide at right tackle on their way to the BCS National Championship victory. As a junior, he started all 14 games at right tackle as Alabama repeated as BCS National Champions. He was selected Walter Camp and Associated Press second-team All-American and first-team All-SEC. He has graded out at 98.6 percent on blocking assignments.[10] Since he had graduated and was in his fourth year, Fluker was granted eligibity by the National Football League to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl.[11]

On September 11, 2013, Yahoo Sports reported Fluker, along with four other players received benefits totaling in the thousands of dollars from former Alabama football player, Luther Davis.[12] According to the report, Davis acted as a "bag man" for agents looking to gain the business of Fluker and the other players. Subsequent to its reports, Yahoo Sports published various receipts and flight plans allegedly showing the benefits and direct payments given to the players.[13]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4⅝ in 339 lb 36¾ in 10½ in 5.28 s 1.90 s 3.06 s 21 reps
All values from NFL Combine[14]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

On April 25, 2013, Fluker was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the first round, with the 11th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL draft.[15] He is the fourth Alabama offensive lineman selected in the first round within five years, after Andre Smith (2009), James Carpenter (2011), and Chance Warmack (2013).

During his rookie year, he performed quite well playing 14 games. For the 2015 season Fluker moved from right tackle to right guard.

On March 7, 2017, Fluker was released by the Chargers.[16]

New York Giants[edit]

On March 11, 2017, Fluker signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the New York Giants.[17][18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The house D.J. Fluker bought". San Diego Union-Tribune. August 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bean, Josh (January 31, 2009). "Taken by storm". The Mississippi Press. Archived from the original on August 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Staples, Andy (January 28, 2009). "Alabama commit D.J. Fluker prodigious size, skill". Sports Illustrated. 
  4. ^ "Alabama commitment D.J. Fluker of Foley nearly gave up his promising football career after moving back to Biloxi". Press-Register. February 1, 2009. 
  5. ^ "2009 Results - Mobile Challenge 2009-04-04 AL - DyeStat.com TFX - The Internet Home of High School Track, Field and Cross Country". Parser.dyestat.com. 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  6. ^ "Rivals.com offensive tackles 2009". January 15, 2009. 
  7. ^ "2009 Recruiting: D.J. Fluker Commits". RollBamaRoll. November 6, 2007. 
  8. ^ a b Schmidt, Andrew (July 23, 2009), "Saban says offensive front 'critical area to develop'", Gadsden Times, archived from the original on August 1, 2009 
  9. ^ "No freshmen listed on Tide two-deep", Mobile Press-Register, September 1, 2009, archived from the original on September 3, 2009 
  10. ^ "Fluker Bio". Rolltide.com. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  11. ^ "First non-seniors to compete in Senior Bowl". CBS Sports. January 19, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ Getlin, Rand (2013-09-11). "Documents, text messages reveal impermissible benefits to five SEC players - Yahoo Sports". Sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  13. ^ "SEC investigation". Sports.yahoo.com. 2013-09-10. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  14. ^ "*D.J. Fluker | Alabama, OT : 2013 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Nfldraftscout.com. 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2015-02-03. 
  15. ^ Gehlken, Michael (April 25, 2013). "Chargers draft Alabama's D.J. Fluker". U-T San Diego. 
  16. ^ Henne, Ricky (March 7, 2017). "Chargers Release Trio of Vets Including CB Brandon Flowers". Chargers.com. 
  17. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (March 11, 2017). "New York Giants add D.J. Fluker on one-year deal". NFL.com. 
  18. ^ Eisen, Michael (March 12, 2017). "New York Giants sign Free Agent OL D.J. Fluker". Giants.com. 

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