Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
6’0 186 lbs.
Fuller is more polished and versatile than he gets credit for. Considered by fans and media to be a deep-ball specialist, he actually runs hitches, comebacks, ins and crosses as well. His route running is crisp and quick and his hands are consistent on tape, though he will have a focus-drop now and then.
Still, he’s at his best using his blazing speed and superior athleticism streaking by nearly every college defender unfortunate enough to draw him in coverage. That speed will translate to the NFL and he will be able to make game-breaking plays downfield.
The big problem with Fuller is his small stature, he could get bullied by more physical corners, like Clemson defensive back Mackenzie Alexander was able to do this year when they played. However, Fuller uses his deep speed to force defenders to give him cushion on underneath routes, and he’s willing and able to take a hit to come up with a tough catch.
Hands: 16 out of 20
Fuller has a slight problem with focus drops, but is a solid hands catcher with a wide radius. He also has the ability to make tough catches away from his body.
Route Running: 17 out of 20
Fuller uses his deep speed and crisp cuts to create separation, he just needs to further develop his route tree at the next level.
Blocking: 12 out of 15
Fuller rarely misses a block but doesn’t often show the tenacity or aggressiveness of the better blocking prospects in this draft.
Athleticism: 14 out of 15
He’s definitely the fastest player in this draft with pads on. He also has burst to reach top speed quickly, and leaping ability to finish downfield.
Run after catch: 13 out of 15
Consistently finding extra yards after contact, Fuller has wiggle and speed but not the power or size to frequently finish forward through contact, which holds him back in this regard.
Size: 3 out of 10
Fuller is far too skinny for his own good and must add a little bulk, especially to his legs, to avoid severe injuries in the NFL.
Body Control: 4 out of 5
Able to contort his body on misplaced balls, he’s impressive in this capacity.
TOTAL PROSPECT RATING: 79 out of 100
NFL Player Comparison: Mike Wallace, WR, Vikings
A limited, but effective route-runner, wins with jaw-dropping straight-line speed and impressive short area burst. Both are game-changing threats downfield that are also dangerous on screens and over the middle. Fuller, however, is not a jack ass.
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