Corey Fuller had some expectations for the NFL combine last week, but he didn’t think every day would be so exhausting.
“Nobody told me it was going to be so tiring,” the former Hokies wide receiver said. “You’re meeting with different teams until about 10 or 11 at night, then you’ve got to get up every morning before 7. I did not know that. Everything else is pretty standard. A lot of days are stretched out, but you have to do your best to stay comfortable at all times.”
Fuller, whose stock rose considerably during a breakout senior season in which he caught 45 passes for 815 yards and six touchdowns, thought he handled himself well in Indianapolis.
He ran a 4.37-second hand-timed 40 that was adjusted to 4.43 seconds electronically a number that put him in a tie for seventh place among receivers along with converted Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.
“I was aiming for a 4.35 or faster,” Fuller said. “It is close, but I’m really picky on my times. I consider myself a fast guy, so I wanted to run one of the fastest times. I’m satisfied with it. I may run the 40 again at pro day. I’m not sure yet.”
The former track star wasn’t fazed by the sterile combine environment, with all eyes — and stopwatches — on each participant.
“I grew up running track,. so that whole having everybody watching and having the stopwatches, I’m pretty used to it,” Fuller said. “So there wasn’t too much pressure on me. I think the on-the-field workouts were the easiest parts of the whole trip.”
Fuller thought he did well enough in the other events. He said he’s never been much of a jumper, so he was satisfied with a 10-foot broad jump and a 31.5-inch vertical. He thought he was “pretty smooth, route running and catching” in positional drills.
For now, Fuller is back in Orlando working with Tom Shaw along with Hokies teammate Marcus Davis. Both are training for Tech’s pro day March 20, when they’ll have another shot to impress NFL scouts.
Fuller has been projected as a mid- to late-round pick, although getting a gauge on who might be most interested is difficult.
“Honestly, I’m not sure who is more or less likely to take me right now,” Fuller said.