Originally Posted by jterrell
Agreed about opinions.
Also agreed about footwork for Allen and Big E. Allen was actually fleet of foot early on his career.
But later in his career he played WELL above 325 pounds and wasn't as quick. He got by on brute strength. Big E was listed at 324 but that was when in top physical shape. Guarantee he gained weight as he got older.
Fluker isn't as good as either player was in their prime. Mainly referencing really, really big OL who also happened to be our best ever.
But he does remind me a great deal of Phil Loadholt as we have discussed. I believe he would be our best OG day 1 and gives us a serviceable RT who can really dominate in run blocking. Something I think this board can universally agree Doug Free does not do.
He is definitely a better athlete than James Carpenter, the guy he replaced at Bama who starts (when healthy) for the much bally-hooed Seahawks OL.
[View Full Quote]If Fluker is there in round 2 I grab him in a heartbeat. He can compete at RT and RG. Would probably be an improvement at either.
But he is generally considered a late first round pick right now. Mocks have him going to the Steelers and Packers fairly regularly late in round 1.
I watched him during one of Alabama's games (by that i mean i just watched him for much of the game rather than following the ball). I remember one play where a Defensive player was coming from the outside to get to the QB and im not even sure the player was his assignment - when he saw the defensive player they were already past him so he spun around and dove a few yards into the backfield and was able to get a block on the player. It was an impressive play and i dont think ive ever seen a lineman actually do that before.