WT: 200 lbs
High School: Archbishop Rummel (New Orleans, LA)
Accolades: 2019 2nd-Team All-SEC.
Scouting Report: CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
Speed/Athleticism: Kristian Fulton has good speed and athleticism. I’m not convinced that his straight-line speed is good enough yet, but I do think he has the technique to make up for it in most cases.
Man/Press Coverage Ability: Fulton shows very solid press coverage ability. Doesn’t play as well in off man than he does in press. Sometimes a little bit too aggressive biting on release fakes. He recovers nicely and can turn his hips very well.
Zone Coverage Ability: Plays good zone coverage. LSU inserted a good bit of zone coverage to their scheme, flipping between zone and press. Correctly picks the priority receiver in his zone and positions himself very well.
Ball Skills: Fulton doesn’t have the best ball skills in the class, but they are adequate. He finished his career with just two interceptions and twenty pass deflections (25 games).
Tackling/Pursuit: Kristian Fulton does not like to tackle. He seems to avoid contact and sometimes goes through great lengths to do so. Finished his career with just 56 tackles (slightly over 2 per game).
Football IQ/Instincts: Shows a good football IQ in understanding what’s going on both sides of the ball. Instincts seem to be very good, but it’s all a waste because he doesn’t like to tackle!
Leadership/Personality: Backed out of performing in the Senior Bowl last minute. Tampered with an NCAA drug test as a freshman that got him suspended for the majority of the 2016 season and the full 2017 season. He seems to have straightened up his act.
Overall: The NFL likes its cornerbacks to have decent size, play the ball well, and create turnovers. This is not the type of cornerback that Kristian Fulton is. He will not fit well on a defense that expects its cornerbacks to fill run gaps, nor will he ever be a great tackler. Still, the upside for Fulton is a shutdown corner that quarterbacks are wary to throw towards. As of now, I think he’s a second-round prospect. His upside is there and could sneak him into the first round. He really needs to fill out his frame this offseason and work on getting his tackling in order.