Kristian Fulton

Cornerback

LSU

6' 0"

197 lbs

SCOUTING GRADE

7.49

Injury History: Broken Finger (2016)

Suspended for Two Seasons due to Tampering with Drug Test.

Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Texas

Report By: Cody Manning

Scouting Report

ATHLETICISM: 7.80

Q.A.B./C.O.D.: 8.00
Flexibility: 8.25
Deep Speed: 7.50
Explosion: 8.25
Coordination: 7.00

His agility in open space allows him to stick on the hips of his man. He changes his direction with was as he can stop on a dime and react to the ball. Doesn't show much tightness in his hips as he is fluid when he needs to turn his hips and run. His deep speed is there, as we saw with his 40-time, he just needs to show more consistency using it on the field. Solid explosion as he can jump into passing lanes for the deflection or interception. Timing is off when he attempts 50/50 balls, he misses opportunities and can allow easy receptions to happen.

COVERAGE ABILITY: 7.95

Man Press: 8.00
Man Off: 7.25
Zone: 8.00
Hand Fighting: 8.00
Hips/Turn Ability: 8.50

Solid when pressing his man, he can jam them at the LOS, then flip his hips to run stride by stride. His reaction speed when playing off coverage is above-average, he has his moments when he can be delayed with his reactions. He doesn't stray away when he is in zone coverage, understands the responsibilities of everyone in the call, and does his best to get the job done. He will put up a fight until the whistle blows, he will need to work on not being so feisty towards the top of the routes, he will get penalties at the next level if he doesn't clean it up. Very fluid when he needs to flip his hips.

PLAYMAKING: 7.33

Closing Quickness: 8.00
Ball Skills: 7.00
Route/Play Diagnosis: 7.00

His explosiveness allows him to get in position to make a play, just needs to capitalize more often. His ball skills improved this past year as we saw him get more pass deflections, but left some more out there and could of had some interceptions. He will need some work on his route recognition as he can be hesitant when plays develop. As I said before, timing is everything for him.

RUN SUPPORT: 7.25

Quickness Upfield: 8.00
Fight Through Blocks: 6.25
Tackling: 7.50

He has the speed to explode upfield and can be in a position to end plays quickly. Would like to see more effort when fighting through blocks, allows guys to control him, and could be in position to make the tackle more often than not. Solid job when breaking down to wrap up around the runner.

COMPETITIVENESS: 7.58

Toughness: 8.00
Production: 7.25
Consistency/Motor: 7.50

In 24 career games, he amassed 56 tackles (42 solo), 2 TFL, 2 interceptions, 20 pass deflections, 1 forced fumble. Saw some growth with a bigger sample size, would like to see a little more production. Tough player fought through being banged up throughout his last season.

INTELLIGENCE: 8.00

Instincts: 7.25
Learn/Retain: 8.00
Teamwork: 8.75

Instincts are above-average, he can be hit and miss, he will time out jumping out routes then completely miss on the next one, needs to show more consistency. Understands his scheme and is a great communicator across the backend of the defense. He helps out his teammates a lot pre-snap.

STRENGTHS

His athleticism allows him to mirror receivers and he is able to lock them down on routes as he can attach to their hips so he is in position to make a play on the ball. He can flip his hips with ease and doesn't struggle if he needs to flip back over to the other side. He is very fluid in coverage. His length will allow him to match up with bigger receivers and has the speed to run with the quickest ones. He is an effective communicator and understands everyone's role in the secondary. He will make sure that everyone is in position prior to the snap on his side of the ball. He does a solid job breaking down when he goes in for the tackle which allows him to get his arms wrapped around the ball carrier.

WEAKNESSES

He can be too handsy at times when he is in coverage which has led to penalties and that could be a problem with where the league is heading in that area. He will need to learn when the proper time is to engage the receiver and when he needs to pull back otherwise it could lead to quarterbacks taking a chance to throw at him even when he is right on top of them. He doesn't put much effort when he is getting blocked and can get pushed back easily. He needs to show more fight to get through the receiver so he can get in position to make the tackle. He has some timing issues as well, he will misjudge when he needs to jump at a ball which has led to a miss deflection or even a penalty because of the contact made.

BIG PICTURE

Fulton has all the talent in the world to play at the next level because of his athleticism. His ability to attach to receivers hips and blanket their routes can allow coordinators to put him on an island to cover his man. His size and quickness allow him to matchup with any receiver, he can be trusted no matter who he is lined up against. Teams will fall in love with his capability to run routes for receivers and that he always finds himself in a position to make a play on the ball. He is a good teammate because he isn't just about himself and will make sure that they all are ready to play before the ball is snapped. He showed that he understands his role and expectations within the defense. His past suspension will be questioned by teams, but if he can prove he is past that and doesn't have any more off-field issues then that shouldn't take him off a team's draft board. He has the capability to come in and start as a rookie, he can be productive in Year 1, and provide a boost to a team that needs help in their cornerback room. By Year 3, if he can develop underneath the right coaching and refine some of his overall technique, then he can be a Pro Bowler, with All-Pro seasons throughout the rest of his career. He offers a high ceiling as a player in the NFL.

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