Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker rapidly losing weight, down to 339

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Not many people can say they’ve lost a lot of weight to get down to 339 pounds, but not many people have the build of former Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker.

Fluker was among the first players to get weighed and measured as the Scouting Combine kicked off in Indianapolis today, and according to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, Fluker weighed in at 339 pounds.

That sounds like a lot until you remember that just a month ago Fluker weighed in at 355 pounds at the Senior Bowl. Losing 16 pounds in a month isn’t physically possible for a lot of people and probably isn’t healthy even for most overweight people, but if NFL coaches and scouts were telling Fluker at the Senior Bowl that they’d like him to slim down, they have to be impressed that he took that advice to heart.

In addition to his weight, Fluker’s arm length got him noticed at the Senior Bowl. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said this week that coaches will look at Fluker and think he has the body to develop into one of the top run-blocking tackles in football.

“Fluker has the longest arms in the draft or one of the longest pair of arms in the draft. He’s huge. I’m anxious to see him in some of the drills. He wasn’t able to participate in the Senior Bowl, but he’s a solid, first round, right tackle to me,” Mayock said.

At 355 or 339, Fluker looks like he’s ready to step onto an NFL field and start right now.