When analyzing the Merits of a prospective CornerBack, this is how I personally break things down:
Intangibles: Diagnostic Acuity, Field Vision, and, above all: Processing Speed. And of course: Motor. Motor Matters.
Agility: Acceleration, Fluidity, and Closing Speed. And of course: Verticity!! Turning & Burning in Direct Coverage.
Pass Prevention: Combat Skills in Coverage, and Timing, Vertical Burst, and WingSpan at the Catch Point.
Run Support: Appetite, Tactical Discipline, and Combat Skills ~ working through Traffic & Tackling Mechanics.
Agility: Mediocre. Moderate Fluidity, and unremarkable Acceleration and Closing Speed.
Pass Prevention: Outstanding. Fuller's Game is hallmarked by exceptional Instincts, Savvy, and Timing. He doesn't have the greatest Core Power, but his Combat Skills are tremendous, and he is adept both at redirecting Receivers in Direct Coverage and in contesting the Reception at the CatchPoint. He is a Technician, and a damned good one.
Run Support: Excellent. Again: the deficient Core Power is holding him back, but his Frame is generally strong, and his Combat Skills are indeed tremendous. He consistently displays an Appetite for Contact, he Works Through Traffic exceptionally well, and he hits with considerable Force, Precision, and strong Mechanics.
Both of them are constrained by mediocre Agility, but have overcome this crippling disadvantage with a tremendous fusion of Field Vision, Processing Speed, and an obsessive and relentless Attention to Detail.
In short: Both are short on Talent and long on Brains, Passion, and Ferocity.
FootBall Players are nothing more nor less than Gladiators, at the end of day, after all.
Brains, Passion, and Ferocity matter.
Far more than Talent.
It's scary to issue such a Pronouncement on one so bereft of natural Talent, even so, but his extraordinary and burgeoning Game require that I do so: I believe that Kyle Fuller stands a damned good chance of forging an extraordinary Career.
There no Givens, of course. But he's an excellent Bet, I believe.
Thanks, as always, to the extraordinary Work by the men of Draft BreakDown!!
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