Chargers take Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker with 11th pick

AP

Desperate for help along the offensive line, the San Diego Chargers selected Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker with the 11th pick in the draft.

The San Diego Chargers were forced to watch as five of the first 10 picks came along the offensive line. Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Lane Johnson, Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack all were off the board by the time the Chargers got on the clock.

Yet the need to protect Philip Rivers dictated the Chargers selection. Fluker was the third straight player selected out of the University of Alabama. The Chargers were unable to adequately protect Rivers last season and San Diego will need to rely on Fluker to bolster a porous offensive line.