Immediate shutdown corner– in the mix for Defensive Rookie of The Year
As of writing this, it is May 29, a little over a month since the second round of the NFL Draft. Meaning I’ve had some time to think about it, and I still have no idea how a player like Kristian Fulton fell to the late second round.
With the exception of Jeff Okudah, Fulton might have been the best cornerback coming out of the 2020 class. PFF grades can be a little controversial to some people, but the fine folks over there had him ranked as the CB2 in the draft class with the stats to back it up.
Through his final two seasons in college, Fulton had been targetted 111 times, allowing receptions on just 48 of those targets. He’s not the fastest cornerback in the world, and he doesn’t have an eye-popping amount of interceptions (I’d argue it’s because quarterbacks were terrified to throw to him), but Fulton is tremendous in man coverage and sticks with his targets as well as anybody.
So Fulton has the skills to be a potential lockdown corner in the NFL, and with Logan Ryan’s offseason departure, he’ll have the chance to make that name for himself sooner rather than later. Fulton is sure to get a fair workload in an otherwise thin Tennessee cornerbacks group– meaning plenty of time to show off his skills, and maybe even bring in some offseason awards.