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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
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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

05/12/2014 - A Fuller corner may make a better defense...When defensive tackle Aaron Donald went to the St. Louis Rams one pick ahead of the Bears, it mean they would probably be looking at a player in the secondary. Emery said three of the six players they had singled out as potential first-round picks were still there when they picked, including Fuller. Emery said little was brewing on the trade front, either. "When New York (Giants) turned in their pick, I said, 'we're not moving anywhere, we're going to get a really good player,' " Emery said.

The Bears defense has changed somewhat since Marc Trestman became head coach, but the emphasis remains zone. "The defense that I played with at Virginia Tech prepared me (for that) as well," Fuller said. The Bears have said defense is a priority and tackle and safety or linebacker are possibilities in the second and third rounds Friday. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A Fuller corner may make a better defense...Last year's starter, Kelvin Hayden, went down with a season-ending hamstring injury in preseason, and rookie Isaiah Frey played the spot all year without making an interception. So the opportunity is there for Fuller to step onto the field with the nickel coverage unit. "We expect him to contribute his first year, and obviously as time (goes on) be a starter," Emery said. Besides nickel back, Fuller could also fit in as a key special teams player. Bears coaches had him ranked one of the highest special teams players on the board. "This is a player with length, with skill, athleticism, versatility, productivity, and beyond that the better part is he's even a great person," Emery said.

Fuller had a vertical leap of 38 1/2 inches. He ran a 4.49-second 40 at the combine, but there are questions about his strength after he did just 12 reps in the bench press. He had a sports hernia that cost him four games last year, but said he was "100 percent" at the combine. The Bears also like Fuller's pedigree. The 5-foot-11 1/2, 192-pounder is one of four Fuller brothers to play for Virginia Tech, and the third to go into the NFL. His oldest brother, Vincent, lettered for the Hokies from 2001-2004 and played parts of seven years in the NFL with Tennessee and Detroit. His other brother, Corey, is with Detroit and is a wide receiver, but has yet to play in a game. "It means a lot in terms of how he presents himself as a professional, in understanding what professionalism means in the NFL," Emery said. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 1/14 -- Kyle Fuller, CB, 6-0, 192, Virginia Tech...Graded by the Bears as the top cornerback in the draft, he was tabbed as an eventual replacement for Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings while being an understudy this year as a nickel corner and special teams contributor. Fuller played "inverted safety" and nickel besides playing cornerback at Virginia Tech. The drafting of Fuller, who can line up as a slot defensive back, came after some close analysis of offenses the Bears face regularly in the NFC North.

"Look at our division, we've got to line up against three (wide receivers) so much during the season - that's 11 personnel - it's a lot of what we see," coach Marc Trestman said. "We've got some tremendous offensive players throughout this division. "Certainly Kyle gives us the versatility because he can play inside and outside and cover so much of the types of players we're seeing; the big player, the long player, now the (Eric) Ebrons of the World and certainly the three-wide receiver sets we see throughout the division." - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 23/3. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 190, 4.40, 1...Fuller plays like a natural who has the athleticism to cover and the aggressiveness to play the run. Had sports hernia surgery in November, missed final six games and Senior Bowl. Quiet team leader, brother of former Tennessee Titan Vincent Fuller and younger brother Kendall is a sophomore to watch with Hokies this year. Frankly: A solid player against pass and in run support, Fuller has efficient, functional speed (bests of 4.40 and 4.42 seconds in 40 yards at combine), excellent leaping ability (38.5-inch vertical) and a knack at finding the ball. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on Cleveland's draft radar...CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech: With Joe Haden on the roster, Cleveland has one of the top cornerbacks in all of football. But there are question marks on the other side and a player like Fuller would give the Browns a legitimate No. 2 option and a plan B if for some reason a long-term extension can't be worked out with Haden. 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 receiver 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 simply make plays wherever he lines up on the field. If he's still on the board at pick No. 26, I bet he's gone by pick No. 27. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 19. Kyle Fuller CB, Virginia Tech (6-0, 190, 4.49, SR)...A versatile defensive back, Fuller is aggressive and smart and the game appears to come natural to him. He is an inconsistent tackler and needs to stay healthy, but he has the smooth hips, transition skills and ballskills to be a NFL starter at cornerback. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/21/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Defensive Backs: Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 190, 4.49...Fuller plays like a natural who has the athleticism to cover and the aggressiveness to play the run. Had sports hernia surgery in November, missed final six games and Senior Bowl. Quiet team leader, brother of former Tennessee Titan Vincent Fuller and younger brother Kendall is a sophomore to watch with Hokies this year. Frankly: A solid player against pass and in run support, Fuller has efficient, functional speed (bests of 4.40 and 4.42 seconds at combine), excellent leaping ability (38.5-inch vertical) and a knack at finding the ball. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 59. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 194, 4.45, 2...Fuller pulled out of the Senior Bowl after dealing with a sports hernia throughout his senior year. He had surgery in November. Although he lacks great speed, Fuller plays like a natural who has the athleticism to cover and the aggressiveness to play the run. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/19/2014 - Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller has pulled out of the Senior Bowl all-star game due to injuries. Named an All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection in coaches' balloting, the former Mount St. Joseph standout dealt with a sports hernia throughout his senior year and had surgery in November after aggravating the injury against Miami. Fuller finished his senior year with 24 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass deflections and was named to the All-America second team by the Walter Camp Foundation. "He was still working through an injury, rehabbing," said Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage, a former Cleveland Browns general manager and Ravens executive. "We had nine players that were a healthy scratch and 19 players who had some injury or surgery or a rehab situation where they felt like they weren't 100 percent." - Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): CB-Kyle Fuller, Sr., Virginia Tech (32)...Fuller played in just nine games, making eight starts, and had 24 tackles, two interceptions and 10 breakups in his final season. He missed the final two games after undergoing surgery on a core muscle on Nov. 19. - Virginia Tech football

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: DB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech, 6-0 194, Sr., Baltimore, MD...Fuller played in just nine games, making eight starts, and had 24 tackles, two interceptions and 10 breakups in his final season. He missed the final two games after undergoing surgery on a core muscle on Nov. 19. "I would like to thank God first and foremost, because without him, none of this would be possible," Fuller said. "It's an honor to be selected for this achievement and I am very thankful."

By making one of the five nationally recognized All-America squads (AP, Walter Camp, Sporting News, FWAA, AFCA), Fuller becomes the eighth Tech cornerback to earn All-America honors to accomplish that feat. Other Hokie cornerbacks to be recognized were: Jayron Hosley (2010, So.), Victor "Macho" Harris (2008, Sr.), Brandon Flowers (2006, r-So.; 2007, r-Jr.), Jimmy Williams (2005, Sr.), DeAngelo Hall (2003, Jr.), Ronyell Whitaker (2001, r-Sr.) and Anthony Midget (1999, Sr.). - Virginia Tech football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC THIRD TEAM (MEDIA): CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 193, Sr., Baltimore, Md. (58)...Has been selected Third Team All-ACC for the 2013 college football season by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). - Virginia Tech football

11/23/2013 - Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller has had surgery to repair what trainer Mike Goforth describes as a "sportsman's hernia." Goforth says Dr. William Meyers performed the surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia. Goforth said Thursday that Fuller is expected to make a full recovery after 4-6 weeks of rehabilitation.

The senior has been battling a groin injury since the Hokies' bye week before they played Duke on Oct. 26. He played sparingly against the Blue Devils, missed the Hokies' game at Boston College, lasted only a few plays at Miami and did not dress for the Hokies' last game against Maryland. Virginia Tech is 1-3 in those games. The timeline for his return leaves open the possibility that Fuller could be back in time to play in Virginia Tech's bowl game. - AP Sports

09/01/2013 - Fuller flashes in Hokies' loss to Alabama...The interception came with Alabama leading 21-7 midway through the second quarter. Fuller initially lined up 8 yards off of Alabama junior DeAndre White, before reading McCarron's eyes and cutting in front of the junior wideout to snatch away the ball. Fuller weaved for 11 yards before being tackled. Virginia Tech kicked a field goal shortly thereafter in what wound up being their final points.

While Fuller's impressive evening against the defending champs is sure to gain kudos with scouts, his name is far from unknown to talent evaluators. Fuller is one of four brothers who have played for the Hokies. His oldest brother, Vincent, played seven years in the NFL as a defensive back. Another brother, Corey was selected by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. The youngest of the group, Kendall, signed with Virginia Tech as a five-star recruit this year. He looked like a future standout, himself, earning the start opposite his brother with Exum still recovering from knee surgery. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/01/2013 - Fuller flashes in Hokies' loss to Alabama...The Chick-fil-A Kickoff matchup of Alabama and Virginia Tech came with plenty of subplots. Among them, was the opportunity to evaluate the secondaries from two of college football's best producers of NFL defensive back talent. Alabama safety Hasean Clinton-Dix and Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum dominated the buzz entering the game, but it was Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller who stood out Saturday, intercepting one pass from AJ McCarron and knocking down multiple others in the 35-10 loss.

Often drawing one on one matchups against star wideout Amari Cooper, the 6-0, 190-pound Fuller showed better-than-advertised closing speed as well as excellent timing and hand-eye coordination to rip the ball away on several well-placed passes. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/11/2013 - TOP VIRGINIA TECH PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. CB Kyle Fuller (6-0, 193, 4.52)...It seems at least one member of the Fuller family has been starring on the Hokies football team for over a decade and Kyle is the latest to make his mark in Blacksburg. Fuller, who is entering his fourth season as a starter (34 starts on his resume), has bounced around the Virginia Tech defense, spending tim at nickel cornerback, whip linebacker and field cornerback. He is a versatile player with the athleticism to cover and the aggressiveness to play the run. Fuller enjoys throwing his body around in run support and is a usually-disciplined tackler, doing a nice job beating blocks to show up at the line of scrimmage.

He has smooth hips and natural footwork for an easy transition in coverage, but lacks elite speed and struggles to recover after the receiver gains a step. Fuller will get caught out of position when he tries to freelance, but the game appears to come natural to him, showing the knack for making plays on the ball with outstanding ballskills. With Exum's status uncertain for the start of the 2013 season, more responsibility will be on Fuller's shoulders as the clear-cut leader of the secondary and a big chance to boost his draft stock. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 
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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