Kyle Fuller (CB), Virginia Tech
6’0” | 190 lbs.
24 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 INT, FF
1st round, 14th overall (Chicago Bears)
What scouts are saying:
“Fuller is a tall, rangy cornerback with the tools to play both outside and in the slot. In press coverage, he needs to improve his jam, but he has the fluidity to mirror underneath and enough speed to carry vertical routes. In off coverage, he uses a side shuffle, reads through the wideout to the quarterback and shows a burst to close on the ball. He is a firm tackler in run support. He should be a Day 1 starter at the next level.” (Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com)
“Physical in run support and works hard to get off blocks. Closes in a flash with a fierce attitude. Heady and opportunistic player. Very good ball awareness and NFL ball skills. Good blitzer. Experience playing inside and outside and at safety, linebacker and special teams.” (Dane Brugler, CBSSports.com)
“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)
Fit for Bears:
The cornerback position was a top need for the Bears heading into the NFL Draft. After re-signing Tim Jennings to a four-year contract and inking Charles Tillman to a one-year deal, there is no sense of urgency to find an immediate starter at the position for 2014. But Tillman (33) and Jennings (30) are not getting any younger, which is why taking Fuller in the middle or late first round should be considered a smart move for long-term stability in the secondary. Fuller suffered a season-ending injury just three games into his senior season, so he would benefit from learning from a pair of quality veterans and being in a situation where he can progress slowly with little pressure to perform right away.