With the 21st overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame. The Texans have their QB, they have their RB and they have their number one WR. Now, they have yet another weapon for Osweiler and another guy to demand coverage. Fuller is an absolute speed demon. He straight up flies. He has 30 career touchdowns, largely thanks to that speed and running after the catch. However, he drops quite a lot of passes and runs a limited route tree. Though he doesn’t need to be a number one guy, I see him as no more than what Tedd Ginn is, and I don’t think that is worth a 1st round pick.
Perhaps the most dangerous deep threat, big play receiver in the country this season in college football, Fuller tore up defences early and often in 2015. Fuller was able to consistently stretch the defence, open up opportunities for teammates underneath, and deliver regularly with the production to back up the threat. While statistically Fuller has been great, he has plenty questions for how he projects to the next level. He has a very skinny build and lack of strength that will make it difficult for him to be a threat in other areas of the field, where defensive backs will be able to out-physical him and knock him off his routes. He could end up limited to being a fairly one-dimensional player. Adding to that issue of perhaps not offering much other than when going deep, he will have to deliver and come through with the catch on the occasions that he is targeted deep. Unfortunately, a significant issue this season for Fuller, despite the big production, has been too many drops. He prefers to cradle the ball into his body as much as he can, lacking consistent natural hands. There will be plenty corners in the NFL who will be able to run with him down the field, and he shall have to come up with contested catches more often than he had to in college. He caught well at the combine, but it’s not the same situation, and his small hand measurements doesn’t help. He could be a frustrating player some games, then a game-changer the next.