Let me start of by pointing out that newly drafted D.J. Fluker doesn't compare equally to Cordy Glenn, but ever since the pick of Daniel Lee Jesus (great name) on Thursday night, this comparison has kept popping up in my mind.
Let me also point out, that I was furious on Thursday, as I saw plenty of other players on the board, that I would have preferred (Star Lotulelei, Kenny Vaccaro, D.J. Hayden, etc.). But after Rounds 2 and 3, it seems like the strategy is to pick up good starters with potential for more.
Anyways, back to the comparison!
Ever since the D'Alessandris "signing", there has been talk about converting to a zone blocking scheme. However, since the pick of Fluker, I've seen several articles - on this site, no less - proclaiming that the change to ZBS now makes no sense. I say: not necessarily!
Going into the 2012 Draft, Cordy Glenn was a player assumed to have too slow feet for playing LT, but would be a great OG or RT.. Glenn is 6-5 and 343 pounds - in other words, massive!
When the 2012 season started, Glenn had grabbed the spot as Bills' LT in a ZBS system. PFF had him on their Mid-season All-Rookie Team and he performed above expactions for his rookie season, so the pick seems very justified.
So Buffalo grabbed a 6-5, 343 pound offensive lineman with feet too slow to play left tackle. The Chargers grabbed a 6-5, 339 pound offensive lineman with feet too slow to play left tackle. I am not proclaiming that Fluker will play LT - I still see him as our RT for the next decade - but let's not assume D'Alessandris can't coach this guy up to excel or do well in a ZBS.