Nick Saban has the reputation as the best defensive back coach in all of college football, and his track record backs it up. For the second straight year, Saban saw one of his cornerbacks go in the first round of the NFL Draft.
John Fulton enters his senior year at Alabama looking to make the most of four years under Saban’s guidance in the secondary.
The 6-foot, 186-pound Fulton enrolled in January 2010 with recently departed Dee Milliner. Fulton played in every game his freshman year, mainly on special teams. He made five tackles on the season.
Fulton saw more playing time in 2011 while serving as a backup. He made five tackles for the season while playing in 12 games.
His junior season was shortened because of a nagging injury. He played in 11 games and made 15 tackles and five pass breakups.
Coming out of Manning (S.C.) High School, Fulton earned high praise from the recruiting analysis. He was considered no worse than the eighth best cornerback in the nation. He participated in the ESPN Under Armour All-America Game.
Look for Fulton to make major strides from the 2012 season to this year. He saw significant playing time in Saban’s complex defense, and playing time seems to be the best textbook for players to learn the system.
Does Fulton make it three straight years for Nick Saban to have a cornerback go in the NFL Draft first round? We’ll see in eleven months. Right now, Fulton needs to focus on making plays for the Crimson Tide in 2013.