2017 NFL DRAFT

Will Fuller, WR

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 186 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3541-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.322.51-10 33 1/2-4.276.93
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.282.511.5110 33 1/210'6"4.276.93

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Player Overview

A two-year starter in Notre Dame's power-spread offense, Fuller developed into the Irish's top playmaker the past two seasons, eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards both years and totaling 30 touchdowns in 29 career starts.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Galloping acceleration to reach his top speed quickly. Takes the top off a defense vertically, stacking receivers and using multiple gears to pull away from defenders (averaged 20.3 yards per catch in 2015).

Finds the ball well in flight with above average tracking skills. Times his jumps to highpoint and rarely misjudges downfield throws. Works hard for body position to force defenders to go through him at the catch point. Achieves proper depth in his routes with the start/stop ability, change of direction skills and hesitation to create separation at the stem.

Strong plant-and-go quickness in his breaks. Very good understanding of field leverage, pressing receivers and generating space. Hits the jets quickly to erase pursuit angles on inside screens.

Won't break tackles, but drives his legs and lowers his pads to finish. Scrappy, willing blocker. Experienced lining up outside and in the slot. Driven individual and the hard work has paid off. Highly productive the past two seasons, leaving Notre Dame No. 2 on the school's all-time receiving touchdown list (30).

WEAKNESSES: Lean-muscled and lacks an ideal body type. Below average functional strength and can be knocked off his route. Smaller hands and prone to body catches with too many drops on his college film - equal opportunity dropper, losing focus on various types of passes. Unreliable in contested situations.

Shows some indecision as a ballcarrier and needs to get north-south quicker. Lacks the run power to pick up yards after initial contact. Bad habit of extending his arms downfield and pushing off. Willing blocker, but struggles to sustain and limited in this area. Doesn't offers experience as a return man.

IN OUR VIEW: A dynamic deep threat, Fuller has the uncanny ability to create separation late in his route, using an extra gear when the ball is in the air, a burst that most cornerbacks can't match. He is outstanding at tracking the deep ball and going and getting it, but the lapses in concentration and dropped passes are frustrating.

Although NFL teams will need to look past his average build and streaky ball-skills, Fuller is a big-time playmaker who has the speed to stretch the field and quickness to generate separation at the top of his routes, making him a borderline first-round pick.

--Dane Brugler (1/29/16)

 
 
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