Rumors have surfaced that Notre Dame wideout Will Fuller could end up being the first receiver selected in the NFL Draft later this month, according to a tweet from NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah.
This is certainly an interesting development, especially since there are arguably superior receivers in this year’s draft class like Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell, Baylor’s Corey Coleman and even Ohio State’s Michael Thomas. Fuller is talented, but hasn’t received nearly as much press as those three since the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February, despite his running the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds.
But tides appear to be changing for the former three-star recruit from Philadelphia, who left the Fighting Irish with 144 career catches for 2,512 yards and 30 touchdowns. Yes, Fuller did have an issue with drops last year and is on the smaller side at just six feet tall, 184 pounds, but other factors have since come to light.
Treadwell, for example, ran a 4.63 40-yard-dash at his pro day, underwhelming considering he was once hyped as a possible Top 10 pick. Coleman, similarly, has received questions over his size and could not run the 40 at the Combine due to a hernia.
Thus, barring a major swerve, Will Fuller could very well wind up being the first receiver selected later this month simply by default.
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