2019 Raiders Draft Prospect Profile
Name: Travis Fulgham
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Old Dominion University
Weight: 215 pounds
Round Projection: Day 3
When evaluating Fulgham’s hands, the first trait that leaps out is strength. Regardless of throw velocity, he sticks his hands out and snares the ball out of the air. In addition, he shows no signs of double catching or bobbling. As a result, Fulgham quickly transitions to the run after catch. Meanwhile, he will give the quarterback an enormous throwing window to find him in. Blessed with 34-inch arms, he presents a vast catch radius that increases the margin for error, in case of a poorly thrown ball.
While Fulgham will not blow by corners, he does present build-up speed with quick acceleration. At the Senior Bowl, he tested with above-average acceleration down the field. Now, if you add that, his 16-yard average and that immense reach, you will see his speed actually appear greater than it naturally is.
In his early years in Richmond, Fulgham rounded off routes and just used athleticism to win. Now, he tightened up his approach and injects precision into his craft. Although, his long frame prohibits him from exploding off the line, Fulgham started to repeat the movements for every route with little deviation.
If the play calls for a jump ball, count on Fulgham to make the contested catch. He excels through contact and makes himself a prime target for red zone fades. In addition, he shows little hesitation on the deeper routes, getting to the ball in a hurry. On the other hand, quick hitting routes like a slant need overall repetition.
In the blocking game, Fulgham will use his size to ragdoll smaller defenders. In addition, he stays square and finishes the block with a little authority.
In essence, the Raiders employ various number two and three receivers. Granted, they do enjoy a sizable cap surplus, thanks to Reggie McKenzie. Count on them to snare a top wideout, or at least try. In contrast, Fulgham could serve as a rising player that could evolve into a lead wideout. He possesses the build, strength, and temperament of a lead receiver. Yet, now he will need to iron out the small hiccups and polish his game. Moreover, he could give Derek Carr a big-play wideout that he needs to test the bounds of defenses.