I haven't posted in a great while, and after hearing a bit about Cameron Fleming, I just got "that" feeling. The crazy thing about it is, I wouldn't even want him at a OT position. I think, even without the experience, I would definitely be looking at him for a starting center position. It would be crazy to imagine someone as intelligent as Fleming - who can accurately read defenses and understand how they can affect an offensive scheme, could team up with Luck in finding the best protections for the line.
I think someone with his mental capacity (Aeronautics and Astronautics major, 33 on the wonderlic), would be a boon to someone like Luck who is more cerebral as well. As I think many people who have played O-Line will agree, a lot of the position has to do with understanding the protections and defensive assignments, more than anything else. Out of any of the potential O-Line players, he would be the only one I would be comfortable with coming in and starting in another position (especially center) on day one. And lets not forget that he's 6'5" & 320+ olineman from Stanford with familiarity with protecting Luck.
Here's how the line would stack up (so far):
LT: Castonzo (6'7", 307) ---- LG: Thomas (6'4", 305) ---- C: Fleming (6'5",323) -- RG: Holmes (6'3", 319) -- RT: Cherilus (6'7", 314)
Let's not forget that a lot of our issues last year with the line had more to do with hewhowillnotbenamed not calling the right protections / completely whiffing on blocks / not providing support to o-line men when needed. Part of this was due to physical capacity, while I think a TON of this had to do with intelligence/dedication. Fleming seems like a guy who is more focused on solving problems and taking on challenges (the kind of guy that sits in the film room for hours trying to dissect an opposing defense.) That is one of the most important aspects for a high-caliber professional athlete. He could be the guy for the line that could tell Holmes to chip XPlayer because he likes to try and split the gap before Cherilus can get to him. Or to tell Thomas to pull in tighter because of how Richardson chooses his lanes.
More than any other position on the line, good Cs are required to know much more about the protections and schemes. If we can land someone with his level of intelligence to work with Luck, our line will be much better for it.