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Welcome to the 2020 NFL Draft Big Board!

Draft season is just kicking off, and with the New Year comes the January update to the 2020 Big Board.

The scouting calendar has begun, and we will be rolling out Draft content taking you all the way to Las Vegas on April 23rd. These rankings provide you with regular updates of how I rank the 2020 NFL Draft class as I scout along.

Key dates in the Draft calendar you should keep an eye on:

  • The East-West Shrine Game week kicks off next Monday (13th of January)
  • Instead of watching the Pro Bowl, my favorite scouting event, Senior Bowl week kicks off on the 20th of January
  • The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the Draft is January 17th and the list is released to teams on the 21st
  • The Scouting Combine in Indianapolis starts on the 24th of February until March 2nd

This Big Board will be updated weekly, with occasional player writeups throughout Draft season as I finish up my scouting reports. We will start by previewing prospects invited to the draft scouting bowl games, and follow up with combine participants. This week: Kristian Fulton, cornerback for the LSU Tigers. Fulton will be at the Senior Bowl following the National Championship, and currently holds a first-round grade in my portfolio.

The Big Board is always at the bottom of the article. On the first column to the right, you can find each player’s upcoming scouting event (Senior Bowl, East/West Shrine Game, NFL Combine or Pro Day). You can also view my updated Mock Draft, updated every week during the playoffs, then every two weeks during the offseason.

Happy playoffs and good draft season!

2020 NFL Draft Big Board

Kristian Fulton – CB – LSU (Senior, 6’0″, 200 lbs)

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BIG BOARD RK: 12th

CB RK: 2nd

Kristian Fulton is an elite athlete with high-upside written all over him. During his last two seasons at LSU, Fulton had the chance to compete against the top in the nation – playing in the SEC, Playoffs and National Championship. Today, he follows a long line of successful former-LSU defensive backs.

STRENGTHS

As sticky as it gets in man coverage, and that starts at the line. In press, he mirrors his corner exceptionally well with good foot quickness, agility and patience. Eyes are on the hips of the receiver at all times, he doesn’t fret at angled releases. Great turn-and-go ability, hips are fluid and initial burst is nice. He follows his receiver with his hand at all times, allowing him to turn for the football while being able to locate the receiver. He has good ball tracking ability down the field, and good timing to look for the football.

Playing off-man he is physical at the top of routes, too much at times. Still a good trait projecting him against more physical competition. Smooth backpedal and breaks downhill on a dime with tremendous timing. His ability to change directions helps in zone coverage. He shows great anticipation and route recognition. He’s physical at the catch point, and his timing is good.

He shows upside and potential against screens and in run-support. He sets the edge well, forcing plays inside and allowing backups to flow to the ball. His length allows him to stack his receiver well, although not overly physical against blockers…

Fulton is an elite athlete at a premium position. He plays with a swagger and confidence defensive coordinators will love.

WEAKNESSES

Not physical enough at the line of scrimmage. He wins with quickness right now but may struggle against bigger, more physical receivers at the next level. This lack of physicality applies to the running game, shedding blockers. While not necessarily being over-physical, he does get handsy along the route, particularly at the top.

His long speed is a question, he seems to give up separation down the field on deep vertical routes. Frets at deep threats, turns his hips too early at top of routes. Anticipation can get the best of him, susceptible to double moves.

PROJECTION

Kristian Fulton is a rare athlete at the corner position. His footwork, twitch, and agility are exceptional and his skill-set as a press-man coverage corner could translate very well to the next level. The lack of production, and particularly interceptions is concerning and certainly hurts his floor. He has all the tools however to see an increase of production as he develops at the next level.

He’ll fit best for a team looking for a press-man corner, in a cover-2 with help over the top. He should grade out as a middle of the pack first-rounder by April 15th.

RkNamePosSchoolPos RkNext Event
1Chase YoungEDGEOhio State1
2Jeffery OkudahCBOhio State1
3Derrick BrownIDLAuburn1
4Isaiah SimmonsLBClemson1
5Jerry JeudyWRAlabama1
6CeeDee LambWROklahoma2
7Andrew ThomasOTGeorgia1
8Grant DelpitSLSU1
9Joe BurrowQBLSU1
10Javon KinlawIDLSouth Carolina2Senior Bowl
11K'Lavon ChaissonEDGELSU2
12Kristian FultonCBLSU2Senior Bowl
13Tyler BiadaszIOLWisconsin1
14D'Andre SwiftRBGeorgia1
15Trevon DiggsCBAlabama3
16Tua TagovailoaQBAlabama2
17A.J. EpenesaEDGEIowa3
18Curtis WeaverEDGEBoise State4
19Creed HumphreyIOLOklahoma2
20Travis EtienneRBClemson2
21Prince Tega WanoghoOTAuburn2Senior Bowl
22Raekwon DavisIDLAlabama3Senior Bowl
23J.K. DobbinsRBOhio State3
24Tristan WirfsOTIowa3
25Laviska Shenault Jr.WRColorado3
26Justin HerbertQBOregon3
27Kenneth MurrayLBOklahoma2
28Jalen ReagorWRTCU4
29Bryce HallCBVirginia4
30Brandon AiyukWRArizona State5Senior Bowl
31Jeff GladneyCBTCU5Senior Bowl
32Henry Ruggs IIIWRAlabama6
33Brycen HopkinsTEPurdue1Senior Bowl
34Jonathan TaylorRBWisconsin4
35Neville GallimoreIDLOklahoma4Senior Bowl
36Paulson AdeboCBStanford6
37Xavier McKinneySAlabama2
38Tee HigginsWRClemson7
39Jedrick WillsOTAlabama4
40Julian OkwaraEDGENotre Dame5
41Antoine Winfield Jr.SMinnesota3
42Clyde Edwards-HelaireRBLSU5
43Ke'Shawn VaughnRBVanderbilt6Senior Bowl
44A.J. DillonRBBoston College7
45C.J. HendersonCBFlorida7
46Yetur Gross-MatosEDGEPenn State6
47Terrell LewisEDGEAlabama7Senior Bowl
48Rashard LawrenceIDLLSU5
49Malik HarrisonLBOhio State3Senior Bowl
50Cam AkersRBFlorida State8
51Harrison BryantTEFAU2Senior Bowl
52Evan WeaverLBCalifornia4Senior Bowl
53Troy DyeLBOregon5Senior Bowl
54Tyler JohnsonWRMinnesota8East/West Shrine
55Trey AdamsOTWashington5
56K.J. HillWROhio State9Senior Bowl
57Van JeffersonWRFlorida10Senior Bowl
58Justin JeffersonWRLSU11
59Chuba HubbardRBOklahoma State9
60Jaylon JohnsonCBUtah8
61AJ TerrellCBClemson9
62Austin JacksonOTUSC6
63Mekhi BectonOTLouisville7
64Najee HarrisRBAlabama10
65Jordan LoveQBUtah State4Senior Bowl
66Myles DornSNorth Carolina4East/West Shrine
67Bradlee AnaeEDGEUtah8
68Hunter BryantTEWashington3
69Ashtyn DavisSCalifornia5Senior Bowl
70Ross BlacklockIDLTCU6
71Justin MudubuikeIDLTexas A&M7
72Lucas NiangOTTCU8
73Nick HarrisIOLWashington3
74Antonio Gandy-GoldenWRLiberty12Senior Bowl
75Ezra ClevelandOTBoise State9

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