ESPN thinks a Tennessee Titans player should be a first-time Pro-Bowler in 2022.
Bill Barnwell, a staff writer for ESPN, recently predicted 25 breakout candidates in 2022 and he included Titans cornerback Kristian Fulton on his list.
Barnwell has Fulton going from a “solid starter” to a “Pro-Bowler” this season. He cites Fulton’s 68 percent success rate in coverage as a key reason he expects the former LSU star to have a breakout season.
Fulton got lost in the shuffle, which is a shame, because he also broke out in a significant way. After a rookie campaign marked by injuries and frustrating play, it looked like he might not be guaranteed regular work in a rebuilt Titans secondary in 2022. Instead, he won a job in camp and held it for the entire season. He missed four games in midseason because of a hamstring injury, but Fulton otherwise allowed a 71.3 passer rating in coverage, per Pro Football Reference.
Football Outsiders credited Fulton with a 68% success rate in coverage, which was the third-best mark among cornerbacks, behind only Bills slot corner Taron Johnson and Falcons star A.J. Terrell. If Fulton can stay healthy for the entire season, he should make it to his first Pro Bowl.
Fulton has the right mindset to be a Pro-Bowler. He said earlier this month that his mentality is to “shut everybody down”
#Titans CB Kristian Fulton says “it doesn’t matter if it’s preseason or regular season” to him.— AtoZ Sports Nashville (@AtoZSports) August 7, 2022
“My mentality is to shut everybody down.”
The biggest key to Fulton’s success will be staying healthy. He’s missed 14 games over his first two seasons in the NFL.
If Fulton can stay on the field consistently — he’s missed some practice time during training camp so that’s something to watch — then Barnwell’s prediction has a really good shot at becoming a reality.
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