Because of his size, competitiveness, and SEC background, cornerback Kristian Fulton has a chance to be an early-round pick in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. A two-year starter for LSU, Fulton led the team with 14 pass breakups during the Tigers' undefeated run to a national title. Fulton has always shown a desire to make plays on the football and the quality of competition he faced on a weekly basis should help him make the transition to the NFL.
Kristian Fulton Draft Profile
A fluid athlete with long arms and great change-of-direction ability, Fulton is crafty at the line of scrimmage, mixing up his approach when he comes up in press coverage and showing tremendous patience and feel. He’s effective lining up off the ball, where he does a great job recognizing routes. He has a tight backpedal for his size and effectively and efficiently clicks and closes, timing his arrival well. He’s competitive and will get his hand in to break up passes. He’s willing in run support and does a decent job breaking down in space.
Fulton has decent but not elite speed. He’ll too often let receivers cross his face on in-breaking routes, and he doesn’t have enough strength at the catch point to break up the play against big receivers. He might be limited to matchups with smaller receivers on the next level.
He’s a future starter at the NFL level, though Fulton might fall a little short of true No. 1 status. Still, he’s fluid enough to mirror, competitive and battle-tested. He should be able to get on the field early for the team that drafts him.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round