5 NFL Draft sleeper prospects who should be first-round picks

Kristian Fulton #1 of the LSU Tigers (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Kristian Fulton #1 of the LSU Tigers (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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Kristian Fulton, NFL Draft
STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 19: Kristian Fulton #1 of the LSU Tigers moves to cover a receiver during a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Starkville, Mississippi. The Tigers defeated the Bulldogs 36-13. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

1 Kristian Fulton

Delpit isn’t the only LSU defensive back who isn’t getting the love he deserves from the scouting community. Fulton is a cornerback who can step in and start for quite a few NFL teams next season.

His collegiate career may have gotten off to a slow start, but he was an absolute star for Ed Orgeron’s team last season. He’s got the size, athleticism and confidence to grow into a No. 1 corner if a team brings him along with a little patience.

The biggest knock on Fulton is that he’s not overly skilled at making plays on the ball in the air. That means he won’t rack up a ton of interceptions at the next level right away. That doesn’t mean he can’t hold his own as a rookie.

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Fulton isn’t in Jeff Okudah’s class as a prospect, but he’s a lot closer to CJ Henderson than most mock drafts seem to indicate. He may never lead the NFL in interceptions, but he can match-up and compete with the very best receivers in the league.

Given just how many teams are looking for help at corner in this draft, it’s wild to think a talent like Fulton could slip into the 40s or 50s.