The Atlanta Falcons closed out the 2016 NFL Draft by selecting UCLA wide receiver Devin Fuller with their seventh-round pick, the 238th overall selection.
Fuller adds speed and depth at wide receiver and insurance as a returner on special teams due to the recovery of return specialist Devin Hester from offseason toe surgery. Fuller blazed a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at UCLA’s pro day in March and recorded a three-cone time of 7.03 seconds on some stopwatches.
Fuller got the brunt of his work as a returner during his senior season at UCLA, averaging 24.2 yards on 17 kickoff returns and 11.8 yards on 12 punt returns. That value on special teams made up for diminished production on offense, where he caught 24 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns while starting seven of 11 games. The previous two years saw Fuller start a combined 15 of 25 games, catching 102 passes for 918 yards and five touchdowns. As a sophomore, Fuller had a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown on his way to honorable mention All-Pac-12 team.
Fuller was a top-ranking high school quarterback out of Norwood, NJ. He threw 20 touchdown passes in both of his final two seasons in high school and also had a combined 49 rushing scores. Upon arrival at UCLA, he was expected to compete for the starting quarterback spot, but injuries at wide receiver prompted him to fill in there while redshirt freshman Brett Hundley took over under center. Hundley failed to relinquish the starting gig over the next two years, making Fuller’s move to wideout permanent. Fuller got a few opportunities to throw on trick plays, finishing his collegiate career completing three of four pass attempts for 41 yards and a touchdown.