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With the 61st pick in the first round, former LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton was selected by the Tennesee Titans.
Fulton is the second cornerback selected in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Detroit Lions selected former Ohio State cornerback Jeffrey Okudah with the third pick.
Over three seasons with LSU, Fulton played in 28 games, starting in 25. In those 28 games, Fulton finished with two interceptions, 25 defended passes and 65 total tackles. In 2019, the Associated Press named Fulton to the All-SEC Second-Team.
Fulton compares nicely to cornerback AJ Bouye, now of the Denver Broncos.
In 93 career games between the Houston Texans and Jaguars, Fulton has 14 career interceptions and 66 passes defended. In 2017, Bouye was a Pro Bowl selection. The corner finished with a career-high six interceptions and 18 passes defended.
In most years, Kristian Fulton would be the best corner in the draft. The polish of Ohio State’s Jeffrey Okudah is the only reason that isn’t so this year. Fulton best fits in a man coverage scheme, though he could play in a zone coverage scheme if necessary. Fulton has great hips, coverage skills and does well to leverage himself. Likely a day one impact player, Fulton needs to work on his tackling in order to be elite.
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What The Analysts Say
Kristian Fulton is a quality Day 1 outside corner candidate who is scheme-transcendent at the NFL level. Fulton’s best deployment is in the press, where he played comfortably for multiple seasons in Dave Aranda’s LSU defense. Fulton is an impossibly balanced and controlled corner who wins with smooth transitions, quick-twitch athleticism in tight areas, and great timing closing space on routes to all three levels. –Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network
Fulton grades as a first-round pick at the top of this game, but he’s been inconsistent and has had lapses on the field. He possesses the size and physical skills to start at the next level, but he must consistently play at a high level, keep his focus on the field and do the right things off the field. –Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network
How he Fits
Kristian Fulton was often considered the second best cornerback in the class, so the fall to the end of the second round is shocking. The Titans lost cornerback Logan Ryan, so the need at cornerback as continued to be one. Fulton is a talented player who, with the proper easing in and system, is a starter on the boundary for the Titans.
Five years down the road, there’s a possibility that the NFL is talking about this pick as a potential steal.