Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing 339 pounds, D.J. Fluker is a physical presence on the field.
But what may be bigger than his size is his personality, something Chargers head coach Mike McCoy and General Manager Tom Telesco likes about the former Alabama Crimson Tide right tackle.
“He does (have a big personality),” Telesco said. “Especially for an offensive lineman, he plays with a lot of energy and passion, and you don’t see that very often, especially with big guys. That’s actually one of the things you see on the tape right away: the energy he plays with. To find a tackle that plays with his mentality and physicalness and energy, but played in the SEC and had to block a lot of speed pass rushers and had to do it at a high level, those guys can fit any system…We love players that love to play football and it comes out on the field. If you took his helmet off, he’d have a big smile on his face after a block. That’s the type of guys we want around here – guys that love to play and will feed off everybody else.”
McCoy was equally effusive in his praise for his newest right tackle.
“When you talk to him, we’re talking about bringing players who love the game of football,” McCoy said. “We’ve talked to him; he’s just one of those guys and that’s a key for us when we’re in the evaluation process, bring guys in that love the game of football.”
Fluker admitted that his personality is a part of what makes him the player that he is.
“I love to have fun out there (on the field),” he said. “Being on the field is my playground. I enjoy it.”
Despite his large personality and high amount of energy, his large frame is what will help the Chargers win games on the field.“He’s a big, physical presence,” McCoy said. “You’re going to be surprised how big this man is.”
“He’s such a big man and plays powerful,” Telesco added. “He’s nasty on the field. But he’s an underrated athlete for how good his feet are.”The one physical measurement that stands out to Telesco and McCoy is Fluker’s arm length, which measured at 36.75 inches at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“Between the arm length, the size and the angles he takes at right tackle, (it) really helps his game,” Telesco said. “He has pretty good feet as well, but the arm length is a huge asset for him.”
Clearly, Fluker is big in size and big in energy. Chargers fans can look forward to both this coming season.