Lions fill need at receiver with former track star Corey Fuller

Posted Apr 27, 2013

Corey Fuller could be the receiver the Lions having been looking for to stretch the field opposite Calvin Johnson

Corey FullerWR Corey Fuller (Photo: AP Images)
All offseason the Lions have talked about adding a receiver who could stretch the field opposite Calvin Johnson. Even Matthew Stafford was on board with that line of thinking when he spoke to reporters a couple weeks ago.

Corey Fuller, whom the team drafted in the sixth round on Saturday, certainly fits the job description.

The former track star at Kansas transferred to Virginia Tech two years ago to pursue a football career. The first word Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew used to describe Fuller in a press conference after the pick was 'raw'.

"He’s got great size, great speed. He’s got a lot of upside," Mayhew said. "I really want to see what this kid can do on special teams, but he made some big plays in the passing game.

"We’re talking about getting bigger and faster, he’s another guy in that same vein."

Fuller is a developmental player in the sense that he hasn’t played a lot of football, but when he's been given opportunities, he's proven he can make plays.

"He’s developmental in the sense that he didn’t play four years of college football," Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said. "He had very good production and I thought he was (Virginia Tech’s) best receiver this year."

Fuller was a Nike High School All-American in track and earned a scholarship to Kansas, where he also walked on to the football team.

After two years, the Jayhawks changed football coaches, so Fuller decided to transfer to Virginia Tech and join his younger brother, Kyle, on the team.

After serving as a backup in 2011, Fuller saw his playing time substantially increase as a senior. He recorded a team-high six touchdowns and finished second with 43 catches and 815 receiving yards.

Fuller, 6-foot-2, 196-pounds impressed the Lions with his size and his speed (4.43 seconds) at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"When I first got to Tech I was an outside receiver and I though that’s what I was going to do, but once I came in, and my name was called, they had to move me inside, so I got comfortable inside and outside," Fuller said in a conference call. "I played both this past season."

The Lions will look to play Fuller more on the outside to stretch the field in a similar role that Titus Young played for the team before his release this offseason.

Fuller is the younger brother of former NFL defensive back Vincent Fuller, who played under Schwartz in Tennessee, and one season in Detroit.