(I chose “NO: Like Fluker, but No. 10 is a reach. Here’s the 4/23 fan poll).
What happens when someone offers a fan base a consolation prize in replace of what they truly wanted? Let’s say someone replaced Chance Warmack with D.J. Fluker at the No. 10 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. How would Tennessee Titans fans respond? Would they consider it as an acceptable alternative?
With a sample of 155 votes, 119 people (76.77 percent) chose a “no” answer. Most of these users expressed their disapproval of the pick because they felt like it was a reach. They may have been more open to it if they could trade back and acquire more picks. Seven voters (4.52 percent) weren’t interested in Fluker because they doubted his ability.
I’m in the middle of those two groups. If Fluker were available at No. 40, I could live with that. But at No. 10 or in a trade-up scenario from the No. 40 pick? That’s a steep price for an offensive tackle who struggled with his footwork and against many of the speed-rushers that he faced. Top that off with a position switch to offensive guard? Risk aplenty.
Not everyone agrees with his deficiencies. Nine voters (5.81 percent) claimed that he was the best offensive lineman prospect in the entire draft. A few more voters were considering him as a short-term fix at offensive guard who could replace David Stewart or Michael Roos in the next few seasons.
Those rumors were probably nothing other than a smokescreen. With five top-10 caliber offensive lineman prospects (3 OT and 2 OG), Fluker is a long-shot to get drafted in the top 10. Even a top-15 selection is a stretch. But even if the Titans drafted Fluker, he would have the benefit of learning new footwork from two Hall of Fame offensive linemen—Mike Munchak and Bruce Matthews.
Draft is just a few hours away. It’s about time for the Tennessee Titans to start addressing their needs.