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2013 NFL Draft Preview: Tackles

Posted Mar 21, 2013

A look at the top offensive tackle prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In the weeks leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft, DenverBroncos.com is taking a look at the draft prospects position-by-position.

We will devote a week to each group, looking back at some of the Broncos' previous picks at the position and showcasing some of the top prospects through top stories, blogs and Broncos TV videos.

This week: offensive linemen, a position we'll divide into tackles and guards/centers.

Below you will find five of the top prospects at the tackle position. Tomorrow, we will preview the interior linemen.

TOP PROSPECTS AT THE POSITION:

ERIC FISHER
• POSITION: Tackle
• COLLEGE: Central Michigan
• HEIGHT: 6'7"
• WEIGHT: 306
• CAREER STATS: 34 starts
• COMBINE: 5.05 40-yd. dash, 27 Bench reps, 116 in. broad jump
On whether he can play left and right tackle:
"Yeah, I think I’m a very versatile offensive lineman. I’ll play anywhere on the offensive line. I love the territory, I love playing in the trenches and doing my job."
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D.J. FLUKER
Player • POSITION: Tackle
• COLLEGE: Alabama
• HEIGHT: 6'5"
• WEIGHT: 339
• CAREER STATS: 35 starts
• COMBINE: 5.31 40-yd. dash, 21 bench reps
On his attitude on the field:
"I'm vocal. I feel emotion. That's me. Emotional leader. I tell (the opposing defensive lineman) I'm here to come take your lunch money. … I try to finish it. Kind of like Mortal Kombat."
LUKE JOECKEL
• POSITION: Tackle
• COLLEGE: Texas A&M
• HEIGHT: 6'6"
• WEIGHT: 306
• CAREER STATS: 37 starts
• COMBINE: 5.30 40-yd dash, 27 bench reps, 106 in. broad jump
On A&M moving to the SEC:
“SEC defensive lines are stout. They are the best defensive lines in the country. Going from the Big 12 to the SEC, you can definitely see a difference, you can see it on film and you can definitely see it playing against it. I think it’s a great stepping stone to go to the NFL after playing against the top guys I played against this year, and I’m excited about that next step.”
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LANE JOHNSON
Player • POSITION: Tackle
• COLLEGE: Oklahoma
• HEIGHT: 6'6"
• WEIGHT: 303
• CAREER STATS: 23 starts
• COMBINE: 4.72 40-yd. dash, 28 bench reps, 118 in. broad jump
On how playing quarterback in junior college helps while playing tackle:
"When you’re playing quarterback, you kind of know where things are coming from, defensive linemen, where blitzes are coming from. Now playing tackle, you kind of know how it feels to get blindsided, when you can’t see what’s coming. I think it definitely helps as far as blitz protections."
JUSTIN PUGH
• POSITION: Tackle
• COLLEGE: Syracuse
• HEIGHT: 6'4"
• WEIGHT: 307
• CAREER STATS: 34 starts
• COMBINE: 5.14 40-yd. dash, 28.5 vert. jump, 103 in. broad jump
On his familiarity with NFL offenses:
“In college we ran the same offense as the New Orleans Saints did, because (former Syracuse) Coach (Doug) Marrone came from the Saints. So we did a lot of zone blocking and stuff. We also did power scheme my freshman and sophomore seasons, so I’m accustomed to both styles of offense. I think I can fit either way.”
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