Following the Rookies: AFC South Tennessee Titans
The Titans selected OL Isiah Wilson with their 1st pick but I'm going to be highlighting their 2nd round pick, Kristian Fulton. Fulton was a cornerback for the national champion LSU Tigers where in his sophomore year he was thought to be the best corner in the country only to fall off slightly on the road to a national title. Although I believe there was a lot of hype behind him coming out of college, his play has not translated well so far to the NFL.
He has only started in 2 of the 5 games he has played in recording 1 interception, 1 pass defended, 1.0 sack, and 15 tackles (13 solo/2 assisted). He has been targeted 14 times giving up 10 completions for 134 yards and a touchdown. Having only played an average of 39% of defensive snaps, he is mainly being utilized as a slot corner with Malcolm Butler and Adoree Jackson playing outside. In college, Fulton showed the ability to play man coverage against the best receivers in the country. He was patient at the line of scrimmage, showed elite make up speed, and the athletic ability to stay in phase against all types of receivers. So far through the 2020 season, these traits have not translated well to the NFL. He has been beaten off the line of scrimmage consistently when in press and teams have had success when targeting him in the passing game. Like many of the high picked corners this year the struggles could be due to the fact that there was no preseason and training camp and considering that corner is one of the hardest transitions to make already these factors make it that much harder. I think he can turn this around to be a steady cover corner in the NFL but based on what I have seen so far he is not going to be a lockdown man corner that I had once imagined.