PLAYER PROFILE: Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

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KRISTIAN FULTON

HEIGHT/WEIGHT/AGE

6-foot-0
200 pounds
21 years old

BIG PICTURE

Kristian Fulton was another key cog on LSU’s title team a year ago, offering press coverage skills among the nation’s best while earning second-team All-SEC honors. Fulton was a two-year star after getting suspended as a sophomore when he tried to dodge a drug test following admitted marijuana use. His production isn’t flashy, and he’ll need to improve his tackling, but Fulton can be an asset in a team’s defensive backfield.

COMBINE NOTABLES

4.46 40-yard dash
35.5-inch vertical
123-inch broad jump (T-7th worst)
6.94 3-cone drill (T-4th)
4.36 20-yard shuttle (worst)

VIKINGS COMPATIBILITY RANKING

4 out of 5. A physical press corner? The Vikings should be very interested. But Fulton also has a substance-related suspension in his past, and Minnesota may not want another Holton Hill-type risk.

HIGHLIGHTS
WHAT DRAFT EXPERTS SAY

Lance Zierlein, NFL.com: “Press-man cornerback whose 40 percent rate of completion as an LSU Tiger may not tell the entire story as an NFL prospect. Fulton has good size and is usually searching to make plays on the football. He plays with decent eye balance in off-coverage but can be a tad late with response time. Once he gets behind he tends to stay behind against multi-breaking routes and his long speed and recovery burst are below average. Fulton showed improvement throughout the year, but his confidence has been an issue at times. When the pros and cons are balanced, he appears to be a good backup with a chance to work up the ladder.”

Kyle Crabbs, Draft Network: “Kristian Fulton is a terrific cornerback prospect, primarily for press man or bump and run heavy coverage defenses. With Fulton’s long frame, he’s not at his best when leveraged over top of routes but if provided the chance to play in phase and attack targets from the hip, Fulton is a high end cover corner with excellent mirror skills, physicality, length and tackling. Fulton hasn’t found much in the way of ball production, but he’s also a blanket in man coverage who often won’t get tested.”

WHAT PFF SAYS

29% forced incompletion rate (3rd)
323 press coverage snaps last year (3rd most)
6 missed tackles (T-196th)

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