Texas A&M Senior
Has excellent size and length. Consistently catches the ball with his hands and knows how to attack the ball in the air. Catches the ball consistently away from his body. Uses his size well to get position and shield against the defender, and able to make grabs in traffic. Does a good job high-pointing the jump balls and will adjust and extend for low or high throws. Does a nice job adjusting to the back-shoulder throws. Has strong hands to snag the ball out of the air when he does extend. Not afraid to go up for the high throw over the middle. Shows decent straight-line speed, running with some authority when he gets a step after the catch. Will use his size and long arms to get push against the corner as a run blocker, and able to get the seal when he crashes down against the linebacker.
Lacks speed and burst, and will struggle to separate. May struggle to beat press coverage because he lacks that quickness and burst to get into his route quickly. Will have to push off to create separation. Lacks quickness as a runner after the catch, and doesn't offer much there. Can't consistently get his feet down to work the sideline on the fade routes. Despite his good ball skills, drops too many passes that hit him in the hands. Needs to use his hands better when he's run blocking and will whiff on his initial assignments at times.
Fuller is a good possession receiver that has good ball skills, length, and hands. He projects well as a redzone target and is effective vertical option because of his size and ball skills. But he's a guy that does his best work on the comebacks and the shorter routes where he can use his size to get position and length to make the grabs. He'll drop some passes from time to time, and was a less reliable option as a senior than he was as a junior. He just didn't really make the strides you expected as a senior. He is A&M's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. His father, Jeff Fuller, was a safety for the 49ers (1984-1989).
2011 GAMES WATCHED:
(9/24) vs. Oklahoma St: 16 targets, 6 catches, 55 yds (9.2 avg), 0 YAC (0.0 avg), 2 TDs, 1 drop
(10/1) vs. Arkansas: 11 tgt., 9 rec., 82 yds (9.1 avg), 19 YAC (2.1 avg), 0 TDs, 1 drop; 1 key block
(11/24) vs. Texas: 15 tgt., 7 rec., 107 yds (15.3 avg), 28 YAC (4.0 avg), 1 TDs, 1 drop; 2 penalties
(12/31) vs. Northwestern: 8 tgt., 7 rec., 119 yds (17.0 avg), 29 YAC (4.1 avg), 1 TD; 0 drops
2011: 13 GP/12 GS, 70 rec., 828 yds, 11.8 avg, 6 TDs
- missed 4 games in 2009 with a fractured right fibula
Fuller is a productive college receiver, but his skillset doesn't translate quite so well at the next level. He's a good possession receiver with good hands that can create matchup problems against smaller corners. He can move the chains and be a major factor in the redzone. But he'll struggle separating from corners and getting off press coverage. And while he's an effective vertical threat at times in college because of his size, he likely won't be a guy that can get behind corners. With an accurate quarterback that he can build a rapport with, he could be more effective because they can be more in-tune with where the ball goes and he'll be thrown open despite the lack of separation. But it's just hard seeing him be a consistent option snap to snap unless he really becomes a very good route-runner because of that inability to separate. I think the team that he'll work best on is one that tends to run the ball a lot, and thus won't be reliant on him to be a big-time playmaker. There, he might be a competent No. 2 receiver, but he's probably more of a No. 3 option. His game reminds me of a combination of Brian Finneran and Ernest Wilford. I think he's faster than Wilford was, and like both he can be an effective starter on a run-first team. Like them, I think he can be a guy that can consistently catch 30-50 passes in such an offense and be a factor in the redzone, but won't be much more than that. Like both, he'll ideally be a No. 3 option in such an offense, but if he has to start for an extended period of time, he can be functional.
Brian Finneran, Falcons (formerly).
Fuller could add some value to the Falcons wide receiver corps similar to what Finneran had a few years back as the No. 3 option. With Jones and White opposite him, he'll rarely see coverages rolled his way, and when he's matched up in man coverage against a smaller corner or sees zone, he can be a reliable chain mover. He'll also make some plays in the redzone. But he's probably only a 30 to 40-catch receiver in such a scheme like Finneran, that won't be a consistent option week to week. He's not a great fit in the vertical offense, but if the Falcons were to add a more vertical option than Douglas as a reserve, he could be a solid No. 3/4 option for the Falcons because he can be a nice possession receiver. He can add depth like Finneran, but he won't shine here unless the Falcons remain committed to the ball-control offense.
For a run-first team looking for a developmental reserve he could work as a late fourth round option. But because he's a guy that probably won't be a reliable starter in most schemes, most teams will probably target him in the fifth round.
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After Catch: 3.0
Body Control: 8.0
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