No. 12 D.J. Fluker

Published: Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 1:41 p.m. counts down the Top 25 players in the Southeastern Conference.

No. 12 D.J. FLUKER

Alabama junior offensive tackle

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 335 lbs.

Why he's No. 12: This massive and physical right tackle is a real road grader in the running game, but also is athletic enough and nimble enough to be a dominant pass blocker for the Tide. He made Alabama fans — and quarterback A.J. McCarron — happy when he decided to return for his senior season rather than enter the NFL Draft this past spring. He has a chance to be one of the nation's elite OTs this season.

College career: Fluker started all 13 games as a sophomore last season and has 22 career starts at right tackle. He has blocked for 15 100-yard rushers in his career, including 11 last season in helping the Tide win the national title.

Fun fact: As a high school junior in Biloxi, Miss., Fluker was considered a very good defensive tackle prospect. That season, he had 78 tackles and seven sacks. But Fluker became one of those coveted five-star prospects when he moved to Foley, Ala., his senior season and was moved to offensive tackle. At his new position, Fluker graded out 92 percent and had 60 pancake blocks and 28 knockdowns and emerged as one of the nation's elite OT recruits.

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