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Corey Fuller could be a late-round gem for the Lions (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)
Corey Fuller could be a late-round gem for the Lions (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

With the 171st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected wide receiver Corey Fuller out of Virginia Tech.

Big deal, right? Actually, it is.

If there is such a thing as a steal in the sixth round, this qualifies.

Research has proven that success in the league depends little on when a player is drafted. Based on the whispers coming out of Lions’ training camp, Fuller can become a staple playing alongside wide receiver Calvin Johnson for a long time.

At 6-foot-2 and 204 pounds, he’s big by wide receiver standards. Fuller is tough over the middle, often boxing defenders out with his strong frame and good footwork, exploding in and out of cuts.

Many times at Virginia Tech, he also showed the propensity to blow the top off deep coverage with his good straight-line track speed. Fuller’s best weapons may be his concentration, balance and his 9 ½-inch hands, as he caught many balls cleanly between the athletic defenders of the ACC.

So, what’s the catch? See what I did there?

Physically, he seems to have to take a few steps to get his speed going. He’s a capable and willing blocker but can be pushed backward. After adding strength under assistant Ted Rath’s program and acquiring techniques that experience and coaching can teach, the aforementioned concerns are easily correctable.

His football career is in its embryotic stages, though. He only played a year and half at Virginia Tech.

Whether he becomes the sixth round gems that quarterback Tom Brady and running back Terrell Davis were remains to be seen; however, with his fluid athleticism, great hands and work ethic, his ceiling is just as high.

The fans will love him.