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Scouting the NFL Draft: WR Will Fuller

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    Will Fuller of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish scores a 75-yard touchdown against the USC Trojans Oct. 17, 2015. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

    Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
    Ht. 6', Wt. 186, Arm: 30 ¾", Hand: 8 ¼", Bench: 10
    40 yd: 4.32, 10 yd.: 1.52, 3 Cone: 6.93, Vertical: 33.5", Broad: 10'6"
    Games Watched: Texas, UMass, USC

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    Will Fuller was a 4-star recruit from the same Pennsylvania high school that produced former Colts great Marvin Harrison. He committed to Notre Dame in 2013 and played sparingly as a freshman, catching 6 passes for 160 yards and a TD. He made a big jump his sophomore season when he had 76 receptions for 1,094 yards and 15 TDs (3rd best among FBS receivers).

    Fuller established himself as one of the premier deep threats in the college ranks in 2015, catching 62 passes for 1,258 and 14 TDs. The Biletnikoff semifinalist averaged more than 20 yards per catch and a TD every 4.4 catches and was voted second team All-America by the AP and the team's MVP. His 30 career TDs ranks second in school history.

    Strengths

    • Long Speed - Where he wins
    • Agility - Excellent body control, adjusts to ball
    • Burst - Explosive off line of scrimmage
    • Feet - Quick cuts, can beat press
    • Route Tree - Relatively extensive
    • Savvy - Sells fakes, creates separation
    • Blocking - Tenacious, effective given size

    Weaknesses

    • Hands - Tiny, body catcher
    • Focus - Concentration drops
    • Catch Point - Mediocre in contested situations
    • Frame - Slight
    • Run After Catch - Not overly creative or physical

    Verdict: Second-Round Pick

    There are plenty of things to dislike about Fuller: He's small, he has drop issues and he might not be able to win at the catch point in the NFL. But receivers who can stretch the field and are a threat to score on every touch are rare. Fuller rivals likely first-round pick Corey Coleman in that area.

    Wide receiver is a relative luxury for the Cowboys, but adding Fuller would make the offense much more dynamic. He'd give the team a threat at the deepest level of the field and make defending every other level that much tougher. It can be argued that a player like Fuller would upgrade the Cowboys offense more than any other in the draft, which is a bargain in the second round.