Titans end Fulton's slide near end of 2nd round

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The Tennessee Titans selected cornerback Kristian Fulton out of LSU in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 61st overall.

With Logan Ryan, a free agent, appearing unlikely to return, the biggest hole on Tennessee's roster was arguably cornerback entering the draft.

Fulton was projected by some to be a late first-round pick but ultimately slid to the Titans near the end of the second round.

The former Tigers standout is an adept press-coverage corner who should push the high-priced Malcolm Butler to start opposite Adoree' Jackson.

Prospect Profile

School: LSU
Height: 6-0
Weight: 197 lbs

Positives

  • Large stretches of dominance versus top SEC competition
  • Forced a ton of incompletions, especially on short routes
  • Very patient with good technical abilities to mirror receivers off their release
  • Fluid hips and excellent closing burst to ball
  • Won't bite on double moves
  • Good ball-tracking skills led to a number of pass breakups (14 in total this past season)
  • High football IQ - reads quarterback's eyes and receiver's hands
  • Experience defending nearly every route at all levels of the field
  • Eased character concerns after two-year suspension early in career

Negatives

  • Average overall athleticism
  • Just two career interceptions
  • Lean frame and short arms for position
  • Lacks physicality, and strong receivers consistently outmuscle him downfield
  • Slight concerns over deep speed

Bottom Line

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more consistent defender across SEC secondaries over the past two years than Fulton. However, the former LSU star doesn't come without his weaknesses. Namely, his speed and below-average physicality downfield. But his college production was no fluke. Fulton forced the most incompletions in 2019 in his class, which is a key trait pro teams look for in a prospect. While he fits into nearly any scheme, Fulton can thrive in a zone defense that allows him to read the play and use his instincts and burst to disrupt opponents.

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