Fuller is an ascending young player, and spin or not, there seemed to be nearly as much unrest in Washington in the immediate aftermath of this deal about losing a cornerback still climbing than a quarterback who may or may not already have reached his ceiling.
Fuller, a revelation in the slot last season — his second removed from a serious knee injury in college — may move to the outside and flank blue-chip playmaker Marcus Peters in Kansas City. Indeed, the Chiefs clearly valued the “player to be named later” nearly as much if not more than the draft compensation.
Meantime, in Washington, Josh Norman turns 31 next season, and though he’s still playing at a high level, he wasn’t as good in 2017 as in his first year in Washington and certainly not his last in Carolina. Who’ll run opposite Norman? Bashaud Breeland is set to hit the open market. Quinton Dunbar, who recently signed an extension, isn’t coming off the best season but has upside.
The X-factor would appear to be second-year player Fabian Moreau, like Fuller a faller in last year’s draft due to an injury coming out of college. He was a fringe first-rounder prior to his torn pectoral suffered at UCLA’s Pro Day, and Moreau has prototypical No. 1 skills, should Washington properly develop them.