Tennessee Titans cornerback Kristian Fulton’s time at LSU prepared him well for a transition to the NFL, his college position coach said.
“We put him in a lot. We put our guys in some stressful situations. That’s why they can handle the NFL game—because they’ve been in some stressful situations,” said Corey Raymond, Fulton’s DB coach at LSU.
The Titans’ second-round pick has the experience, athleticism and attitude necessary for a smooth transition to the NFL. Raymond explained why in an interview with A to Z Sports.
“OUR GUYS ARE BY THEMSELVES”
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Fulton’s job at LSU wasn’t an easy one.
He was frequently left on an island to play press-man coverage against some of the NCAA’s very best receivers.
That experience gives Fulton a leg up over other rookie cornerbacks who may not have faced the same caliber of challenges in college, Raymond said.
“He played good receivers every week and he had to lock up with them every week,” Raymond said. “Our guys are by themselves, and everyone in the stadium knows that, so they have to make a play.”
“HE’S A PHYSICAL GUY”
As a rookie, Fulton figures to play mostly in the slot as Logan Ryan, the Titans’ primary slot cornerback from 2017-2019, is no longer with the team.
While Fulton was primarily an outside cornerback as an upperclassman at LSU, he played in the slot for a majority of his freshman season and shined.
One of Fulton’s traits that could allow him to slide right in as the Titans’ new slot corner is his agility, Raymond said.
“He’s got good short-area quickness, which helps him play people getting in and out of breaks,” Raymond said.
Fulton is also a physical player with the ability to use proper technique when tackling, two traits also required to be an effective slot cornerback.
“He can blitz well, and he’s a physical guy when he needs to be. He’ll get dirty and get standard leverage, and all that stuff.”
“HE’S A QUIET LEADER”
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Fulton’s personality should also serve him well as he transitions to the NFL.
Though he won’t be the loudest guy in the locker room, he can still make an impact. At LSU, he was able to lead and earn his teammates’ respect even though he was a quieter guy, Raymond said.
He’s more of a quiet leader, he’s not a vocal leader—I can say that much about him. He leads a lot by his example. He’s not going to talk to a bunch of people, he’s going to talk to one or two to get his point across.”
Fulton is also a hard worker who prides himself on studying the game.
“He’s always grinding. He’s working every day,” Raymond said. “That’s one thing about him; he works on Saturday, works on Sunday—he’s a grinder.
That work ethic will undoubtedly assist Fulton as he seeks to learn from veteran members of the Titans secondary who have had successful careers, like Malcolm Butler and Johnathan Joseph.
“He will go in there and try to learn from them first,” Raymond said. “He’s going to try to pick up on their habits and blend into what they’re doing and what they have there because they have done it the right way.”
If Fulton can take advantage of how LSU prepared him for the NFL, it won’t be long before he, too, does things the right way.
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