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Brian Kelly: Will Fuller will "change the offense"




Will Fuller is unique.

Two-and-half decade unique, according to his college coach.

"He can catch the ball vertically like nobody that I've coached in 25 years," Notre Dame's Brian Kelly said on Thursday night. "You throw the ball deep, he's going to catch the football."

Kelly and the Fighting Irish were spoiled over three seasons by Fuller's 17.4 yards per catch average, and back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in 2014 and 2015. But Fuller was able to produce in a lot of different ways.


"Certainly a guy that can also catch screens," Kelly said. "Can make people miss. He's multi-dimensional."

Fuller hauled in 30 touchdowns in his time with Notre Dame, and was clocked at 4.32 seconds in the 40-yard dash he ran at the Combine this February. Kelly said Fuller "really changed our offense" when he joined the team in 2013, and thinks the wideout can help do the same with Houston.

"This is a guy that will change the offense. With Hopkins on one side and Fuller on the other, I think people in Houston are going to be excited to see what Bill O'Brien can do now stretching the field."

The Texans traded up one spot to select Fuller at 21st overall, sending their 22nd pick of the 1st round, as well as a 6th-rounder in 2017. The second and third rounds of the Draft are on Friday evening. Below are the Texans' remaining picks.

RD 2: 52nd overall
RD 3: 85th overall
RD 4: 119th overall
RD 5: 159th overall
RD 5: 166th overall (via trade with New England)
RD 6: 195th overall (via trade with New York Jets)


See photos from Will Fuller's career at Notre Dame and Houston Texans.

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