Texans Trade Up One Spot, Select Notre Dame WR Will Fuller

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – With the trade of a sixth-round pick next year and their 22nd overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft the Houston Texans moved up one spot to select Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller.

“I think it went well at the combine and I think they fell in love with me there,” said Fuller after his selection by the Texans. He mentioned the only time he spoke with the Texans was at the NFL scouting combine.

A combine Fuller dominated with his top quality, speed. He ran the fastest time in Indianapolis and he said it is part of one of his greatest assets as a wide receiver.

“Being a deep threat, that’s the first thing that comes to my mind,” he said. “Just getting the (defensive backs) off of me and opening things up for other teammates to have success.”

He had plenty of his own success playing for the Fighting Irish. In his final two seasons, Fuller exploded for 2,352 yards on 138 catches while scoring 29 touchdowns. In 2015, his average reception was 20.5 yards.

After speaking with Bill O’Brien he was told he ran plays at Notre Dame that would be familiar to him. He isn’t just familiar with a few plays, he’s familiar with one player in particular.

Fuller said he knows Jaelen Strong well and had been communicating with him throughout the process to see if they would end up sharing a team.

Monitoring his buzz in the Texans facility was Strong’s task.

“I wasn’t 100 percent Houston was going to get me but once that phone rang I jumped out my seat the most excited person ever.”

Fuller knows there are other wide receivers he will be compared to, two were drafted right after him.

He’s not shying away from the pseudo-challenge.

“I don’t compare myself to anyone else. I feel like I’m the best.”

It isn’t hubris, though, he knows it won’t be easy.

“I’m going to come in day in and day out and do everything. I love the game of football. Football is the only thing I am going to do until I’m done. There’s not going to be (any) off the field issues. I’m going to be locked in and I’m going to be the best receiver in this draft.”

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