• Rob Forehand

Jordan Fuller Makes the Most of his Surprise Start

With 11:46 left in the fourth quarter of three-point game, a sixth-round rookie making his first career NFL start has no idea that he is about to make the biggest play of the night for the Los Angeles Rams.

A big stage, and even bigger moments are not new to Jordan Fuller, or his family. His mother, Cindy Mizelle, toured as a backup singer with Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, and Luther Vandross, and his uncle happens to be a comedian known as Sinbad. His older brother, Devin, was a two-time state champion in high school, and went on to play for UCLA and then the Atlanta Falcons.

In 2015, Fuller was named the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year in high school, leading him to Ohio State as a four-star recruit. As a true freshman, Fuller played in all 13 games for the Buckeyes, including the national semi-final against eventual champion, Clemson.

Fuller was two-time captain of the Buckeyes, a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, and a four-time OSU Scholar Athlete. After his senior season, he was a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, a semifinalist for the Jason Witten Man of the Year Award and won the William V. Campbell Trophy.

Facing a crucial fourth-down with the Rams clinging to a three-point lead, Fuller immediately diagnoses the play, crushing fellow rookie, CeeDee Lamb, and the Cowboys drive, on the spot.

ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky shared the breakdown of the play after the game.

A surprise starter yesterday, Fuller played on 71 of the teams 72 defensive snaps, so it’s fair to wonder what happened to 2019 second-round pick, Taylor Rapp? After the game, Sean McVay added that Rapp "is a huge part of our football team as well" but that the decision was “based on the way Jordan Fuller has played throughout camp."

Playing on the same defense as Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, it was Fuller who led team the team with eight stops on the night.

It’s not fair to expect Fuller to maintain this level of play, but given his history, perhaps we should.

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