Here was the NFLDraftScout.com scouting report on Will Fuller before he was taken by the Texans with the 21st pick in the 2006 NFL Draft: "[A] dynamic deep threat, who has the uncanny ability to create separation late in his route, using an extra gear when the ball is in the air, a burst that most cornerbacks can't match." And according to Pro Football Focus, during his final season at Notre Dame, Fuller ranked third in the nation with 708 yards on deep passes, which made up 56 percent of his total yardage. He also had fifth-highest catch rate on deep passes (at least 20 targets) at 58.6 percent. The reason Fuller wasn't a top-10 pick? His hands. He had a 13.9 drop rate in 2015 (that ranked 88th out of 96 wideouts) and a 12.6 percent drop rate the season before (which ranked 82nd). PFF compared him to Ted Ginn. Fuller's hands didn't magically improve during his rookie season; he hauled in just 54 percent of the passes thrown in his direction, though some of that may have had to do with the people throwing him the ball: Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage. In 14 games, Fuller had 47 receptions for 635 yards (13.5 YPC) and two scores. According to Football Outsiders' metrics, he ranked 78th among all wideouts, behind Ginn, Victor Cruz and Kamar Aiken. Not exactly indicators of what was to come. Then again, Fuller had yet to play with Deshaun Watson. And while it's too easy to say that Fuller's success rests solely with coach Bill O'Brien's decision to insert Watson into the starting lineup, it's hard to argue that there's a whole lot to it beyond that. Fuller missed the three weeks of the season while recovering from a broken collarbone. In the four games since, he has just 13 catches but he's made the most of them, totaling 279 receiving yards (21.5 YPC) and a whopping seven touchdowns.
How did Will Fuller become a scoring machine? A story in seven touchdowns
CBS Sports | Oct 31