With Joe Burrow, Justin Jefferson, K’Lavon Chaisson, and Kristian Fulton, is it clear why the 2019-2020 LSU Tigers won the National Championship? Fulton, LSU’s star cornerback during last year’s campaign, had an incredibly rocky start at LSU – one that left the Tigers wondering if he would even end up playing more than the three games he did for them in his freshman season. Fulton got suspended by the NCAA for two seasons in 2017 after he allegedly tampered with a performance enhancing drug test. This suspension kept him out of football for 18 months before he was able to return in 2018 for his junior season.
Fulton played 10 games in his junior season before suffering a season ending ankle injury. Fulton’s senior season is where he really shined with the Tigers. He had 38 tackles, 1 interception, and 14 passes defended as he played a huge part in LSU’s 2020 National Championship. Fulton has great athleticism and foot agility (despite his ankle injury in 2018) and is built perfectly for the outside cornerback position. He is a playmaker on the field that is constantly looking to break-up passes and jump routes for interceptions.
Fulton does have some problems in his game. He seems to have trouble staying with receivers while pressing them, and he will often find himself out of position on downfield throws. He can end up getting burned off the line and not have the speed and quickness to recover. After missing so much time on the field due to his suspension, Fulton has found himself struggling with confidence in certain games as if he doesn’t quite trust his abilities. NFL GMs will have to hope that once he is in their system, he will settle down and find his best form. Fulton projects to be a late-first round or early-second round pick.
Arms: 30 5/8″
Hands: 9 1/8″
40-Yard Time: 4.46 seconds (unofficial)
Bench Press: did not participate
Vertical Jump: 35.5″
Potential Landing Spots: Vikings, Chiefs, Giants, Jaguars