When he finished his junior season at Virginia Tech, Kyle Fuller was an honorable mention All-ACC selection after starting at strong-side cornerback. He’d been a second-team choice as a sophomore with four sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss.
But at a time when underclassmen are streaming into the NFL draft — 98 declared for this year’s selection process — Fuller chose to stay in school and didn’t really consider coming out early.
“No, after my junior year I knew I wanted to come back and play another year,” Fuller said. “My youngest brother [Kendall] was there. I had a good time playing with him. Being able to graduate, I'm definitely glad I stayed and had a good time at Virginia Tech.”
He graduated in December with a degree in finance, achieving one significant personal goal.
“I came in, I just wanted a good degree,” Fuller said. “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I started out in business and technology and my brother kind of swung me away from that a little bit as far as what I’d be doing.
“So after football and things like that I decided to go into finance, help me manage my money and make smart decisions and things like that. So hopefully, I’ll find out what I want to do while I’m in the league. Do things that I like. Find out things that I want to do and go from there.”
“From there” included interviews with more than a dozen NFL teams, all with the kinds of questions you would expect as a Finance major:
Like how many different things can you do with a paper clip?
“Or little games with pennies,” Fuller said. “I named everything I’ve ever done with a paper clip: Hold papers together or maybe pick a lock.”