He doesn't show much ability to run after the catch or block in the run game, and he can struggle when trying to get off the line. He also had an injury-filled senior year in which he was dealt with a nagging hamstring. Fuller has some serious hitches in his game, but he is a reliable option once he is in-route and the ball is coming his way.
Fuller almost didn't follow in his footsteps to A&M. The hiring of Mike Sherman, who brought the pro-style West Coast Offense from his NFL experiences, made the Aggies a good fit for the prolific pass-catcher so he decommitted from Oklahoma.
Sherman got Fuller onto the field immediately, as the true freshman started eight games and caught 50 passes for 630 yards and nine touchdowns. He missed four games in 2009 due to a broken right fibula (leg), but still earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors (41-568-7). Fuller turned up his game again in 2010, whether Jerrod Johnson and Ryan Tannehill was throwing the ball, making first-team all-conference (72-1066-12).
Teams appreciate players with NFL lineage, especially when they have pure talent and athleticism like Fuller. He could have left school after his junior year and been a top 40 pick because his 6-4 frame and hands gives him the look of a potential star outside receiver capable of succeeding in a West Coast or more vertical offense. With a strong senior year, scouts will again consider him worthy of a pick in that area of the draft.
Release: Improving his quickness off the line; first three steps getting faster though he will stride at times. Fair shake to free himself from defender playing close to the line. Must work on using hands to quickly defeat jam, though he still manages to get into route. Effective going to the sideline or releasing inside for slant patterns and shallow crossing routes.
Hands: Possesses strong hands, agility and balance to adjust to any pass in his area code. Goes up high for jump balls using height and vertical, large hands secure pass in traffic. Good flexibility and reach to snatch up back-shoulder throws. Drops the occasional catchable pass in crucial situations.
Route Running: Flashes the quick feet to be a crisp route-runner when cutting inside or coming back to the ball on the sideline. Creates separation by extending arm (or straight-out pushing) on out and stop routes. Works back to the quarterback when necessary. Weaves his way through traffic to find holes on crossing routes. Long-legged receiver who may have troubles evading savvy NFL corners. Stands up and slows down before making some cuts, but is still agile for his height. Not always on the same page with quarterback on hot reads or route adjustments. Loses track of where the sideline is on some deep routes.
After the Catch: Not exceptionally elusive with the ball in his hands. Takes time to change direction or turn upfield with his back to defender. Ducks his head to accept contact instead of using vision to find an opening, though he will push through tackles for extra yardage.
Blocking: Possesses length and strength to be an effective run blocker. Must attack defenders more regularly, but looks to have proper attitude to negate corners when engaged. Moves even larger cornerbacks out of the way when in front of quick screens.
Intangibles: Son of former NFL defensive back Jeff Fuller, Sr. No off-field character or on-field effort issues. Missed time in 2009 with broken leg, slowed a bit during 2010 with nagging injuries."
Isn't a burner who eats up the cushion overly quickly, looks like a 4.5 guy. However, once he gets his wheels turning he is a tough cover and seems to find a slight second gear when he needs to track the football. Does a nice job stemming his route and not drifting. For his size displays impressive balance and bend as a route runner.
Keeps his feet under him, drops his pad level and sinks his hips well out of his breaks. Does a nice job getting initial separation on the deep out and not wasting much motion out of his breaks when accelerating.
Turns and locates the throw quickly, is coordinated when asked to adjust and uses his big hands and long arms well to pluck the football. Displays solid shiftiness off the line vs. press coverage. Doesn't do a great job using his hands and length to be physical, but has the initial quickness to gain a step and get into his route.
However, does a very good job being physical through contact down the field. Uses his hands and length well to fight through contact and routinely delivers a sneaky bump into contact, knocking corners just slightly off balance.
Is the kind of target who can routinely go get the football even when covered up. Consistently works back toward the throw, uses his body to shield and adjust naturally to the play. Will win routinely in jump ball situations and looks like a power forward the way he adjusts and fights through contact.
Possesses the size and power to consistently win in the run game on the outside. Has strong hands, long arms and will stick to blocks and stay engaged through contact. Exhibits some short area quickness after the catch and does have a burst initially, but doesn't break as many tackles as his frame and skill set would lead you to believe.
Had a really poor senior year. Didn't separation a ton on sharply breaking routes and didn't exhibit the same type of initial burst of his game. Still displayed the ability to put his body between the corner and throw, but had far too many drops as a senior as well.
Impression: A talented kid who looked like one of the draft's best receiver prospects as a junior, but his game has fallen off as a senior. A lack of focus, dropped footballs and questionable separation skills could cause him to fall."
Is flexible in and out of breaks and shows the ability to elevate in traffic and pluck the ball out of the air with big, soft hands, although he does not consistently win in the air or catch on contact, as drops are too prevalent.
Speed and suddenness are average and he is not elusive after the catch.
Fuller, whose father played in the NFL, could be a solid No. 2 who should make his money outside the numbers and as a possession/red-zone receiver."
Fuller really grabbed the attention of talent evaluators against LSU in the Cotton Bowl last season. Against the Tigers' Patrick Peterson, Fuller had a solid game with seven receptions for 83 yards. Statistically it wasn't his best game, but probably his most important of the year. Fuller worked a lot in that game on comeback routes and showed he can quickly find the ball.
As good as he was against Peterson, he was bad against Nebraska's more physical corners. That inconsistency is ultimately the greatest knock on Fuller leading into his senior season. To string together an entire great season, Fuller needs to sharpen his routes and work after the catch better.
Bold Statement: Although he's probably not a true No. 1 at the next level, Fuller is one of the 2012 draft's best possession receivers.
Games Viewed: (All 2010) Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Nebraska, LSU
• It might not be fair to categorize Fuller as a possession receiver, but that's what he is until he gets better after the catch.
• One of the reasons he returned for his senior season was to refine his route running. Is mostly used on flies, outs and quick comebacks.
• Can flip his hips and turn his head fluidly and quickly to make a play on the ball.
• For a bigger receiver, Fuller struggles at times to get off the line of scrimmage against press coverage.
• Has been knocked for being inconsistent. Finished four games last season with more than 120 yards receiving, but had less than 40 yards in four his last five games.
• Because of his size, Fuller is a good asset in the red zone. He can camp in the corner of the end zone and wait for the ball. Has solid leaping ability, which allows the quarterback to place the ball only where he can get it.
• Fuller has displayed great flashes of ball skills and playmaking ability. He got much better during his junior season at high-pointing the ball, especially working down the sideline.
• May be more of a No. 2 receiver than a No. 1 because he doesn't have top athleticism or playmaking ability after the catch."
Has excellent size and body control; also knows how to get open using his strength and length; has huge hands and will go up and catch the ball in traffic; excellent red zone target; still more of a possession receiver who figures to be a #2 guy in the NFL;
Has some initial quickness and an extra gear when the ball is in the air, but is not a true burner with deep speed; route-running also needs some fine-tuning; son of former A&M and later 49ers’ All-pro safety of the same name is character player with a great work ethic who is also a solid blocker..."
He doesn't have that blazing speed, nor does he possess that great explosion to get off the line.
One of the big knocks on him is his inability to beat press coverage.
This is a big red flag to NFL scouts, but this technique can be taught at the next level.
At 6'4" and 220, he can bulk up and learn to use his body more to his advantage at the line.
He has above-average hands and can do a good enough job going up after the ball at its highest point.
Coaches are going to want to see him run routes at the Combine, which is really what it all boils down to for second option receivers.
Quarterbacks need to be able to know where their No. 2 is consistently and if Fuller can't get off the line and get to his spot, it doesn't matter how big and athletic he may be."