Posted: Apr 25, 2013 9:39 PM by Bill Halter, AP
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The San Diego Chargers have taken offensive tackle D.J. Fluker of Alabama with the 11th pick in the NFL draft.
The Chargers made the selection after watching the top three tackles in the draft - Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel and Lane Johnson - go in the top four picks. The top two guards, Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack, were gone by the 10th pick.
Fluker, who played on the last two national championship teams, was one of the best run blockers in college. With the Chargers, he'll also have to help keep Philip Rivers upright. The $93 million quarterback was under siege much of last season, getting sacked 49 times and committing 22 turnovers as the Chargers missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders have selected Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden with the 12th overall pick after trading down in the NFL draft.
General manager Reggie McKenzie traded the third overall pick to Miami on Thursday night for the pick to draft Hayden and the 42nd overall pick. That deal gives Oakland a second-round pick after trading its own previously in the deal for Carson Palmer.
It is a remarkable comeback for Hayden, who was moments from death last November after an on-field collision with a teammate tore a blood vessel off the back of his heart. He was taken to a hospital and underwent lifesaving surgery. He ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at Houston's pro day in March and became a first-round pick.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers have selected free safety Eric Reid out of LSU with the 18th pick in the NFL draft after trading up to get the selection from the Dallas Cowboys.
Safety was considered a significant need by general manager Trent Baalke for the reigning NFC champions, who lost All-Pro Dashon Goldson to Tampa Bay at the start of the league's free agency period in March.
Reid played three seasons for LSU and is still considered a raw talent in pass coverage. He could make an immediate impact on kick coverage.
The two-time defending NFC West champion Niners gave up their selection at 31st overall to the Cowboys as well as No. 74 in the third round. San Francisco began the day with 13 picks.
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