A simple trade up just one spot landed the Houston Texans one of the fastest and one of the biggest deep threats in the NFL Draft with Notre Dame wide receiver, Will Fuller. Fuller clocked in at 4.32 in the forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine. His big play ability is nothing to scoff at, with 27% of his 2015 receptions going for 25 or more yards with the Irish.
His top end speed and big play ability were enough for the Texans to make Fuller their target.
“I think one of the things that we looked at definitely was his ability to be a vertical threat,” said Texans head coach, Bill O’Brien, on Fuller. “I think his career average per catch is 17 yards per catch I think it is, which is really good when you think about playing three years in college.”
Fuller’s ability to stretch the field holds enough intrigue to give the Texans offensive a different look. O’Brien likes the fact that Fuller gives them a legitimate deep threat to throw to in the passing game.
“I think one of the things he does well is he tracks the deep ball very well,” explained O’Brien. "He makes over the shoulder catches, he tracks the deep ball very well, so that was definitely one of the things that we liked about him.”
Fuller agree with how the Texans felt what his best attribute is as a football player. The speedy wide receiver discussed what he likes most about his game and skill set.
“Definitely being a deep threat, that’s the first thing that comes to my mind is being a deep threat,” said Fuller shortly after being drafted by the Texans.
He continued, “I knew they needed a receiver who could open the field up and I feel like I fit that mold perfect.”
The Texans got the receiver they coveted to kick-off the 2016 NFL Draft.