After a standout junior season, Texas A&M wide receiver Jeff Fuller decided to return to school instead of entering the 2011 NFL draft.
Fuller leaves A&M as the school's career leader in receptions (233), receiving yards (3,092) and receiving touchdowns (34).
Measuring in at 6'4" and 225 pounds at his pro day, Fuller is one of the biggest receivers to enter the 2012 draft. His size allowed him to dominate the competition in college, but NFL scouts questioned his speed and injury history, likely the reasons he went undrafted.
He should be able to use that chemistry to his advantage in an attempt to make Miami's final 53-man roster.
Fuller was unable to participate in the NFL combine after sustaining a stress-fracture in his right foot at the Senior Bowl. However, he was far enough along in his recovery to participate in Texas A&M's pro day on March 7.
Pro Day Results:
40-Yard Dash: 4.62 sec.
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.32 sec.
3-Cone Drill: 7.10 sec.
Vertical Jump: 36 inches
What the Experts are Saying
Here is what ESPN's Scouts Inc. thinks are Jeff Fuller strengths:
At his best running go/fade, post routes and an effective double-move route-runner. Shows good awareness working against zone coverage ... Gives good effort as run blocker and looks to cover up defenders downfield.
CBS Sports likes many of the same things about Fuller's game:
Improving quickness off the line, though he will stride at times ... Possesses strong hands, agility and balance to adjust to any pass in his area code. Goes up high for jump balls. Good flexibility and reach to snatch back-shoulder throws. Flashes the quick feet to be a crisp route runner.
CBS Sports ranks Fuller as the 25th-best WR in this year's class and sees these weaknesses in his game:
"Must work on using hands to quickly defeat jam. Drops the occasional catchable pass in crucial situations. Stands up and slows down before making some cuts. Takes time to change direction or turn upfield with his back to defender.
To make the Fins 53-man roster, Fuller will first have to improve on his concentration when catching the ball. He dropped too many catchable balls in 2011.
Fuller's has a ceiling of a No. 3 possession receiver, and his career could emulate that of Minnesota's Michael Jenkins. However, with enough work and playing in the proper scheme, Fuller could become the next Marques Colston.
Do not expect much of Fuller in 2012, but a few seasons in the league will help him become a viable receiver for his former coach Mike Sherman and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.