Jeff Fuller: 6 Reasons Why He May (or May Not) Be the Next Great NFL Wideout
Jeff Fuller has had an up-and-down college career at Texas A&M, but when when you watch this kid play and look at the numbers he has posted over a four-year career, there is no doubt he has the talent to make it at the NFL level.
Fuller is an intriguing prospect with good height and great football genes, as well. His father, Jeff Fuller, Sr., was a standout at Texas A&M in the 1980s before going on to have a successful NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.
But Fuller's game isn't perfect by any means. He has a few things he is going to have to work on if wants to make it in the NFL.
With that said, let's go ahead and break down six strengths and weaknesses of Jeff Fuller's game.
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STRENGTH: Natural Athlete
When Ryan Tannehilll enters the NFL, he better hope that he has a receiver as talented as Jeff Fuller to throw the ball to because this guy made Tannehill's job much easier in college.
Fuller is a receiver who loves to go up and get the ball. He has a unique ability to adjust and torque his body to make acrobatic catches in traffic.
There are technical wide receivers like Anquan Boldin, Donald Driver and Reggie Wayne. And then there are guys that just go up and make plays using their natural athleticism.
That is Jeff Fuller.
WEAKNESS: Injury Problems
To say that Jeff Fuller has had to deal with a few injuries throughout his college career would arguably be a bit of an understatement.
Fuller's injury history began during his sophomore season when he suffered a fractured right fibula in an early-season contest against Utah State. The injury ended up sidelining Fuller for the next four games in the 2009 season.
He returned at full strength in 2010 and had his best collegiate season, hauling in 72 passes for 1,066 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Fuller flirted with the idea of going to the NFL after his junior season, but he chose to return for his senior year, which was again filled with injury issues.
It began with a left hamstring injury in camp, that followed with a concussion the following month and then concluded with a toe injury after that.
Fuller was invited to the NFL Combine, but he could only take part in the bench press portion of the event because of a stress fracture in his foot.
You get the point?
STRENGTH: Uses His Height Well
Jeff Fuller stands at 6'4", 223 pounds which is great size for a wide receiver at the NFL level.
Some of the best receivers in the game today—Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Marques Colston all stand above 6'3" and are all elite at their position.
What makes these guys so good is that they can use their height to go up and grab the ball, which Fuller does exceptionally well. He uses his big frame well and is able to pluck throws that would be uncatchable for other wide receivers.
Now, if Fuller could just put everything else together, he would have the chance to be one of the better deep threats in the NFL one day.
WEAKNESS: Getting off the Line of Scrimmage
Once Jeff Fuller breaks loose from his defender, he is near impossible to stop.
But the process of getting off the line of scrimmage and past that initial defender is what Fuller really struggles with at times.
Fuller has the body size which he should be able to use to break away from smaller defenders, but he shows little strength when he is jammed at the line. The same can be said when he is asked to run block and smaller players easily get by him.
If Fuller is going to make it as a pro, he needs to learn how to use his big frame properly when it comes to the physical aspect of the game.
STRENGTH: Experience Going Up Against the Best of the Best
Jeff Fuller caught 40-or-more passes and had six-or-more touchdown receptions in all four years he played at Texas A&M.
The production was certainly there with this guy, and more importantly, he did it against top-notch competition.
Playing in the Big 12, Fuller went up against some of the top cornerbacks in the nation during his four years at Texas A&M. That list includes the likes of Patrick Peterson (LSU), Prince Amukamara (Nebraska) and Aaron Williams (Texas)—all of whom are starters in the NFL now.
This should help Fuller as he makes the transition from college football to the NFL next year.
For every exceptional catch that Jeff Fuller made during his career, he probably made a bone-headed play in that same game, as well.
NFL scouts love Fuller's ability to go up and get the ball, but he doesn't always put himself in the position to do so. He has lapses in judgment at times where he is not on the same page with his quarterbacks on audibles or route adjustments.
The other issue here is that Fuller has dropped several passes in crucial game situations. Perhaps it is a lack of focus on his part, but this is something that he has to improve on if he is going to be successful at the next level.
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