Thursday evening at the 2013 NFL Draft held amidst the opulence of Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall, the Gulf Coast area resident learned his next home would be near the Pacific Ocean in San Diego. The Chargers selected the enthusiastic right tackle with the eleventh choice in the first round. Known for a voracious appetite, D.J. Fluker was second on the team this season with thirty-six pancake blocks. He missed only 11 assignments in over 700 plays this year for an efficiency rating of 98 percent while allowing just four sacks and committing a scant two penalties. Fluker paved the path for twenty-five 100-yard rushing performances in his Alabama career. Chargers fans will have a chance to grade his road paving skills. Selected as the top player from his position, Fluker now holds the distinction of being the only Tide right tackle chosen in the first round since the common draft was established in 1967.
BamaMag.com caught up with him shortly after he was selected.