WASHINGTON — Kendall Fuller was the 84th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, but he could have gone much higher if he had been healthy.
How good was he in college? This weekend, North Carolina receiver Ryan Switzer called him the best defensive back he’s ever played against.
A torn meniscus during his final year at Virginia Tech put a damper on his draft stock, and as a result, the Redskins were able to snag him midway through the third round. If he plays, he figures to be a steal. At the time of the draft, however, that was a big if.
Some three months later, Fuller looks healthy and is making plays in his first pro training camp.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden was asked about Fuller on Saturday, and he thinks the 21-year-old cornerback could play a significant role in the secondary, which already features Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland at the top of the cornerback depth chart, this year.
It’s early and anything could happen, but a few months ago, it was unclear how healthy Fuller would be by this time. Now he’s on the field making plays and keeping up with a very strong group of receivers, a promising sign for the former Virginia Tech standout.