STRENGTHS - Although Fuller is still learning the nuances of playing receiver, his rare combination of height and speed grabs the attention of NFL teams. Able to accelerate to full speed in a heartbeat, he is able to close the cushion on CB fast. Once he gets to full speed he has the elite speed to get separation on deep routes and to out-run angles to make big plays after the catch. While his route running needs refinement, especially in terms of consistency, he has shown the athleticism to run sharp routes and explode out of his cuts to get separation. When he stays focused on the ball and reaches out away from his body, he shows soft, natural hands catching the ball and is quick getting the ball tucked away and started up the field after the catch.
WEAKNESSES - Despite weighing over 200 pounds at the Combine, Fuller received a "J" grade ebcause his frame is very slight/thin; especially below the waist. His thin frame is concerning because after 2012 was his only year catching a lot of passes in college, his ability to be a durable NFL receiver is a question mark. Despite rare acceleration, Fuller's initial burst off ball is inconsistent as he does not always anticipate the snap well. While he can run sharp routes when he maintains body lean during route, he tends to get straight backed and upright while accelerating and when he does he cannot get in and out of his cuts consistently. Although his hands look natural and good when he stays focused on the ball, he seems to at times be thinking-about/preparing-to tuck the ball fast to run after the catch and ends up taking eyes off the ball, which leads to him dropping some passes he should easily catch. More than anything, Fuller is just raw due to lack of experience playing receiver in college.
SUMMARY - After a strong high school career playing football, Fuller choose to go to Kansas on a track scholarship and ran track there for two years before feeling the itch to return to football. He choose to transfer to Virginia Tech where his brothers had played football and sat out the 2010 season while doing so. In 2011 he was a backup receiver for the Hokies and only caught a handful of passes and then in 2012 he finished strong and showed the explosiveness, speed and big play ability that NFL teams are always looking for. Overall, Fuller is still a major work in progress, but there is little doubt that 6'2 receivers with elite acceleration and speed and good hands are hard to find. That is why I think a team will gamble on Fuller in the third or fourth round. He has the potential to be a big play receiver in the NFL, but to do so he will need to add some weight, become more consistent running routes and maintain his focus on catching the ball until he has the ball tucked away and secure.