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Titans Select CB Kristian Fulton, Round 2, 61st Overall

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Great value, plug and play nickel corner with versatility to play outside. 

 

From Brugler's Draft Guide: 

 

STRENGTHS: Composed athlete with smooth turn-and-run skills…displays the hips and body control to stay within arm’s length of shifty receivers…patient from press with the reaction quickness to stay on top of routes…above average straight-line speed to stay stride for stride with fast wideouts…heady player to recognize route combinations and come off his man to make plays…humble and confident personality who isn’t considered a character risk (despite his eligibility issues at LSU)…focused worker and stays motivated (LSU head coach Ed Orgeron: “When Kristian was ineligible to play, I watched him every day come to work as if he was the starter”)…solid ball production, averaging 1.0 pass defended per start the last two seasons.

 

WEAKNESSES: Loses balance when attempting to track the football…questionable judgment and ball skills, which keep him from finishing interceptions (only two in his LSU career)…needs to finish routes, struggling with the suddenness at the stem…average play strength and spends too much time attached to wide receiver blocks…not a dawg in the run game…inconsistent technique as a wrap tackler, leading to misses…given an NCAA two-year ban reduced to a one-year suspension for attempting to cheat a drug test, substituting another person’s urine sample for his own (his urine tested positive for marijuana, but clean of PEDs)…suffered two season-ending injuries over his four years in Baton Rouge: cracked a bone in his finger, requiring season-ending surgery (November 2016); needed season-ending left foot surgery, which required a permanent screw (November 2018).


SUMMARY: A two-year starter at LSU, Fulton lined up as the left cornerback in defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s NFL press-man scheme, also seeing snaps inside vs. the slot receiver. After his one-season ban and two season-ending injuries, he returned to Baton Rouge in 2019 with plenty to prove and he earned high grades in coverage as a senior. Fulton has a patient process to stay under control in his transition movements, displaying the athletic and mental requirements to match receiver steps mid-route. He shows the instincts and toughness to handle nickel duties, but must become a more reliable run defender. Overall, Fulton has room to improve his tackling and body positioning downfield, but he stays in the pocket of receivers with his disciplined process, athletic traits and feel for reading breaks, projecting as an average-level NFL starter.

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