The ultra-reliable Fuller provided a relative silver lining to the dark clouds surrounding the Baylor football program in 2016, earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors for the second consecutive season. Including the Senior Bowl, Fuller played in all 53 games of his college career, starting the final 39 consecutive games for the Bears.
With previous Baylor blockers struggling to duplicate their success in the NFL, one cannot blame scouts for being a bit dubious about Fuller. His ideal physical characteristics - including terrific size, strength, agility and durability, however, project well to the next level, making Fuller one of the more intriguing senior centers in what is considered just an average class at the position.
STRENGTHS: Fuller possesses rare size for the center position, including very long arms (34"). He shows impressive initial quickness for a man of his size, including the ability to escape to the second level as well as recover when defensive tackles are initially able to slip by him in pass protection. He shows good body control and balance (especially for a center of his size) to react, turning quickly and pinning opponents to the guards. He shows good lateral agility to slide to mirror in pass protection and uses his long arms and strong hands to grab hold and sustain. Fuller plays on the balls of his feet and normally with at least adequate knee bend. When not covered up, Fuller retreats and keeps his head on a swivel, keeping his arms spread to literally supply a hand to help his guards. Fuller shows some nastiness in his play, knocking defenders to the ground when he feels them off-balance. When he keeps his pad level down, Fuller shows good functional strength to knock defenders back in the running game. Good weight room strength. Squatted 590 pounds and recorded a clean lift of 360 pounds for Baylor.
WEAKNESSES: Fuller may be too tall for his own good, at least as a center prospect. He plays with inconsistent knee bend (an issue exacerbated by his height), robbing him of his functional strength and leaving him on skates, at times, when attempting anchor against bull rushers. Fuller can resort to leaning as a run blocker and could improve in this area by more consistently driving his legs on contact. With quarterbacks rarely under center in Baylor's spread attack, Fuller may need some refining in simply snapping the ball, possibly contributing to some of the issues that quarterbacks had with the snap exchange during Senior Bowl practices.
IN OUR VIEW: Fuller possesses the size and athleticism to project as a future starter in the NFL and concerns about his acclimation to a pro-style offense were lessened with a solid Senior Bowl.
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