One of the receivers on the Packers' radar for this draft is Virginia Tech's Corey Fuller, who had an interview with the team at this week's Scouting Combine, he told Packer Report.
Fuller had the ultimate breakout this season. Entering his senior year, he had just two catches for 19 yards. This season, he caught 43 passes for 815 yards, posted a gaudy 19.0-yard average and scored six touchdowns.
"It's just a blessing to be here," he said. "Coming into this season, I was a No. 4 wide receiver. I came into the season and I just made a name for myself. There's a lot of great receivers (at the Combine). I've heard a lot of different stories of where people will go or may not go, and I'm just going to do my best to prove to scouts, GMs, team owners, coaches, receiver coaches, everything, that I can compete with the best of them."
Why the slow start to his football career? Because Fuller's focus was track and field. A quarterback at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore, the team struggled and he didn't attract much interest from recruiters. An All-American and AAU national champion in track and field, Fuller wound up going to Kansas, where he excelled for two seasons in the sprints, triple jump and long jump while competing as a walk-on for the football team.
When Kansas fired coach Mark Mangino and replaced him with Turner Gill, Fuller decided to move closer to home and transfer to Virginia Tech, where he'd follow in the footsteps of older brother Vince Fuller, who started 76 games in eight seasons as a cornerback for the Titans and Lions. A younger brother, Kyle Fuller, figures to be one of the better cornerback prospects in the 2014 draft.
After redshirting in 2010, Corey Fuller played in just 57 snaps in 2011. Then came his climb up the depth chart, going from merely an excellent athlete to a legitimate receiver. To hone his skills on the football field, Fuller said he worked with former Packers and Virginia Tech great Antonio Freeman during pre-Combine training training with renowned trainer Tom Shaw at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., learning the finer points of route-running
"I'm not fully developed," he said. "I still have a lot more to learn, but I'm very confident in what I have learned so far and where it can take me. I've been working on route-running, making everything look the same, coming out of my breaks more smoothly. I've learned a lot from him in just a few days, so that's been great."
With coach Mike McCarthy's preference for removing Randall Cobb from kickoff and punt returns, Fuller could be in the mix there, too. He didn't return kicks for the Hokies but with his size and speed (4.37 in Sunday's 40-yard dash), he could develop into an attractive option.
"I try to show them that I'm a tall receiver, I can stretch the field vertically, but I do like to go across the middle," Fuller said. "I played a lot of slot where I ran a lot of slant routes across the middle, and I enjoyed blocking. I like my physical game. One thing, I want to play special teams, and I think that's going to help me with my stock a lot."
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