2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: LSU CB Kristian Fulton

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

Kristian Fulton

Height: 6’0

Weight: 200 lbs

 

2019 Second-Team All-SEC by Associated Press
2019 Preseason All-American by Associated Press
2019 Chuck Bednarik Award Preseason Watchlist

 

Two-year starter at cornerback for LSU.  Five-star prospect out of high school according to 247 Sports.  In this scouting report, we’ll breakdown his mechanics and evaluate his future as an NFL defensive back.

 

 

What I Like:

Man Coverage Ability

On this play, Kristian Fulton is lined up across from a receiver that’s arguably the fastest in college football.  Fulton displays a nice ability to use his hands to stun the receiver off the line of scrimmage, which gives him the opportunity to stay within attack range throughout the route.  Fulton does an excellent job of locating the ball quickly and affecting the outcome with his hands.

 

 

What I Dislike:

Redzone Coverage

There is miscommunication on this play, although it appears that Kristian Fulton is ultimately at fault.  Fulton is in position to play on an outside route, but as the receiver makes a cut inside, both defenders are out of position.  Although it might be blown coverage, Kristian Fulton displays poor mechanics as his hips are pointed away from the receiver.

 

 

Where I’ve Seen Improvement:

Range Ability

Kristian Fulton displays nice range here as he diagnoses the play and attacks to disrupt the catch.  This game was from early in the 2019 season, which saw Kristian Fulton improve throughout the season.  The effort on this play is what makes Fulton special, as well as why he’s a first round talent on my board.

 

 

Overall Breakdown

Displays solid height and weight for the cornerback position.  Has good acceleration to hit top speed quickly.  Displays good vertical ability to disrupt catches in air.  He’s a competitive player that plays with good effort out in space and isn’t afraid to lay out to make plays away from his body.  Shows to have a good ability to mirror defenders in the redzone.  Has good footwork to stay within range of the receiver.  Displays a solid ability to locate and track the ball quickly and use of hands to disrupt the catch.  Has solid use of hands on the line of scrimmage to stun the receiver..  Shows to have solid use of hands off the line of scrimmage to press the receiver.  Shows to have a solid ability to tackle the ball carrier in the open field.  Has a solid ability to release from blocks to find, locate, and attack the ball.  Displays good range and closing speed.  Has solid change of direction to reach sidelines quickly.

Displays an adequate ability to pickup zone coverage assignments quickly.  Has an adequate ability to remain in tight coverage in redzone situations.  Shows to have an adequate ability to track ball along the sidelines, as well as an adequate ability to turn his head to locate and track ball downfield.  Displays an adequate ability to leverage the ball in the open field.  Has adequate patience to remain balanced and wrap up ball carriers for the tackle.

 

2020 NFL Draft Projection

First Round

I have Kristian Fulton listed as the second cornerback on my board.  I believe that we could see him off the board in the top fifteen, although I think top twenty-five is most likely.  Missed final three games of the 2018 season due to an injury, although it doesn’t appear to be a concern.  Fulton appears to have the skillset to win in the NFL, although it might take a season or two for him to develop fully.

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