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2015 NFL DRAFT

Kyle Fuller, CB

School: Virginia Tech  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 190 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2331

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.402.501.5212 38 1/210'8"4.196.90
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • San Diego Chargers | #25
    The Chargers boast young standouts at every level of the defense but cornerback is an obvious area of concern. Fuller is an instinctive, physical defender whose aggression and short-area quickness make him well-suited to defensive coordinator's zone-heavy scheme.
  • Green Bay Packers | #21
    Green Bay likes instinctive, good-sized cornerbacks and Fuller would be a gift for the Packers if he's still around with this pick.
  • Detroit Lions | #10
    I think he is the top-ranked corner, and they have a need. So he's the pick.
  • Cincinnati Bengals | #24
    The Bengals' corners are old or coming off injuries. Fuller has been rising up draft boards and would be a good fit for the Bengals.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Physical demeanor with good length, playing with excellent toughness and energy as if he were 25 pounds thicker. Good vertical leap and smooth hip action to flip-and-go. Smart route recognition and outstanding read/react quickness to mirror or plant-and-drive to attack.

Above average anticipation and cover instincts - obviously studies receivers and does his homework to know what to look for without hesitation. Physical in run support and works hard to get off blocks.

Closes in a flash with a fierce attitude. Heady and opportunistic player, always looking to strip the ball and force turnovers. Very good ball awareness and NFL ballskills.

Experience lining up in the slot and using his timing to penetrate the backfield as a blitzer. Experience playing inside and outside and at safety, linebacker and special teams. Four year starter with productive numbers.

WEAKNESSES: Very lean with limited muscle definition and overall growth potential to get much bigger. Overaggressive nature will get him in trouble at times, overpursuing in coverage or run support.

Lacks elite speed and to recover after initially beat off the line of scrimmage. Too hands on at times and will have some mental errors, getting caught out of position when trying to freelance. Needs to consistently wrap up when he makes initial contact and will miss tackles due to inconsistent form, including ducking his helmet before contact. Strong durability concerns with his physical style and lean body type. Senior season ended prematurely due to hernia surgery in Nov. 2013.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

A three-star CB recruit, Fuller enrolled at Virginia Tech just like his older brothers before him and has been the most productive Hokie from the Fuller family so far.

He played multiple positions over his four-year starting career in Blacksburg, seeing time at linebacker, safety and cornerback, both inside and outside, as well as hybrid positions of the three. An All-ACC performer the past three seasons, Fuller is rangy and light-footed with quick movements, long arms and the aggressive mentality to play man or zone coverage.

The game appears to come very natural to him, watching the eyes and moves of the WR to react accordingly and break on routes to get his hands on the ball. Fuller is a string bean with limited room to get much stronger, but he plays bigger than he looks with the confidence and instincts to make plays wherever he lines up.

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Player News
05/12/2014 - A Fuller corner may make a better defense...The Chicago Bears needed defensive help in virtually any form after an historically bad season, so cornerback Kyle Fuller's selection in Thursday's NFL draft with the 14th pick in Round 1 fit a need -- even if it was more of a longer-term need. The Virginia Tech player became the first cornerback taken by the Bears in Round 1 since Walt Harris in 1996, but safety or defensive tackle seemed more pressing needs because they already have 30-something veterans Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings under contract for next year at corner.

This led to speculation Fuller could be headed for a position switch, something the Bears have had to do this year with general manager Phil Emery's initial first-round draft pick Shea McClellin. Emery nipped that one in the bud almost immediately. "He is a corner," Emery said of Fuller. "That's how we see him. "He's a guy who we saw has a lot of versatility in coverage." Fuller also made it clear he's not moving. "I actually haven't played safety," he said. "As far as that, being able to line up, I am tough, physical and can come up and tackle. I haven't played it but I played corner and nickel and feel I can do that."

Fuller played 14 games at nickel back at Virginia Tech, which is part of his versatility. Still, that could be enough to get him on the field as a rookie because nickel back is an uncertain area for the Bears, as well. - The Sports Xchange

 

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