2016 NFL Draft Profile: Will Fuller, WR Notre Dame
By Adam Carlson
Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller is a very interesting prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft, but will the Minnesota Vikings be intrigued by the pass catcher?
Finding a wide receiver to take the top off a defense can be tough. Not only does the individual need to possess great speed, acceleration, and ability to separate, but they also need to have reliable hands to haul in the long passes. A team looking for a deep threat might be interested in checking out Notre Dame’s Will Fuller.
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Fuller is a really interesting prospect. He lacks in many areas but has other things that he can do very well. Showing great speed and acceleration, he can get separation from most defensive backs to give quarterbacks a decent window to throw the ball into. Running routes in also a strength, as he can make cuts on a dime.
However, there are some big reasons to hesitate pulling the trigger on the Notre Dame pass catcher. His hands are inconsistent at best, and because of his small frame, he gets pushed around way too much. He is also an overthinker, taking far too long to decide on a move after catching the football and needs to be faster to find holes and commit to them.
Here are Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller’s numbers from the events at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine according to NFL.com:
Will Fuller compares to:
- CBS Sports: N/A
- NFL.com: Ted Ginn, Jr, Panthers
Fit for the Minnesota Vikings:
The Vikings already have a ton of smaller guys with speed, but could look at Fuller as a cheap replacement for the departing Mike Wallace. If Teddy Bridgewater can have some time in the pocket, a burner like Fuller might just be a great thing to help keep the offense fresh.
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I wouldn’t like the pick too much. Why use a top pick to bring in a guy with so many issues that doesn’t offer a lot of new things from guys like Jarius Wright or Stefon Diggs? Fuller should latch on as a great #2 somewhere, likely a place like Atlanta who is looking for a compliment to a big WR like Julio Jones, but Minnesota just isn’t the right fit right now for Will Fuller.