03/08/2012 - With senior quarterback Ryan Tannehill not yet able to work out due to his recovery from a broken foot, the stage was set for several other Aggies to take advantage of the pro scouts on hand for Texas A&M's Pro Day. Senior wide receiver Jeff Fuller offered scouts a pleasant surprise by participating in the workout. He had been expected to wait until March 29 (like Tannehill) to work out after it was discovered that he'd suffered a stress fracture in his foot at the Senior Bowl, but he elected to compete anyway. This fact was especially important because unlike most of A&M's other prominent prospects not named Tannehill, Fuller was the only Aggie invited to the Combine who wasn't able to work out in Indianapolis. Fuller, measuring in at 6-4, 225 pounds, was clocked between 4.62-4.66 in a pair of attempts at the 40-yard dash and registered a 4.34 second time in the 20-yard short shuttle and a 7.10 second time in the three-cone drill. Fuller also had a 36" vertical jump, according to the official Twitter feed of Texas A&M Aggie Football. Fuller also participated in positional drills. The one drill he had performed in at the Scouting Combine was the bench press, where he lifted the bar 17 times. In reality, the times are slower than scouts had hoped for Fuller but considering the fact that he's still getting back into top shape, talent evaluators will be quick to forget these results should the times improve on March 29. Fuller is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 18 receiver for the 2012 draft. - NFLDraftScout.com
If Fuller wants to learn about the highs and lows of playing in the National Football League, all he has to do is ask his father. Jeff Fuller, Sr. was a star player for Texas A&M in the 1980's before winning two Super Bowls as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, the older Fuller suffered a spinal injury that cut his promising career short.
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 de-committed 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 (72-1,066-12).
Fuller caught 70 passes for 828 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2011, averaging a career-low 11.8 yards per catch.
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.
Positives: Improving quickness off the line, though he will stride at times. Fair shake to free himself from defenders playing close to the line. Possesses strong hands, agility and balance to adjust to any pass in his area code. Goes up high for jump balls. Good flexibility and reach to snatch back-shoulder throws. Flashes the quick feet to be a crisp route runner. Has the length and pop to be a presence in run game.
Negatives: Must work on using hands to quickly defeat jam. Drops the occasional catchable pass in crucial situations. Long-legged receiver who may have troubles evading savvy NFL corners. Stands up and slows down before making some cuts. Not always on the same page with quarterback on hot reads or route adjustments. Not exceptionally elusive with the ball in his hands. Takes time to change direction or turn upfield with his back to defender. Must attack defenders more regularly when blocking.