2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Predicting Picks 11-21

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Dec 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive linesman D.J. Fluker (76) celebrates winning the 2012 SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs at the Georgia Dome. Alabama won 32-28. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

21. Cincinnati Bengals-D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

It’s hard for a lot of people to see Fluker available here but if he’s here, the Bengals will pounce.

Cincinnati had a strong defense and a mediocre offense, and while Andy Dalton’s playoff performance leaves a lot to be desired, the Bengals aren’t reaching for a quarterback. Instead, they will try to help their quarterback and running back by taking Fluker, who is listed at 355 pounds. Cincinnati uses a lot of power runs, as BenJarvus Green-Ellis — who weighs 220 pounds and has lost three fumbles in his five-year career — is fit for this style of running.

Fluker is fit for this as well. He’s a versatile lineman who can lead for Green-Ellis to the right side or the left side, as he can pave a running lane with his size. Fluker will also be able to protect Andy Dalton, as he allowed just four sacks in 2012. Dalton was sacked 46 times in 2012, so Fluker can definitely make a big impact on the line. Fluker is a great all-around player, and he’s a great fit for the Bengals. Other teams may draft him due to his skill and versatility, but there are lots of great lineman in this draft class and there are better fits for other teams.

So, Fluker will likely be on the board for the Bengals, and the Bengals will waste no time taking the star tackle.

This article was originally published on Bleacher Report.