With plenty of talented cornerbacks entering the 2014 draft, one name that sometimes gets forgotten is Kyle Fuller out of Virginia Tech.
Standing at 6'0", weighing 194 pounds, Fuller boasts great size for the position. Watching him work on film, a couple of things jump out at you right away.
For starters, Fuller is a really physical cornerback. He's always out there engaging with opposing wide receivers every chance he gets, making sure they understand he isn't just a coverage guy.
From a pass defense standpoint, Fuller is impressive in coverage. His size and athleticism allow him not only to jam people at the line of scrimmage, but also to stick with them downfield. Showing off his ridiculous athletic ability to the nation, last season Fuller soared above Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Christion Jones and made a spectacular play.
In spite of his ability on the field, the knock on Fuller has been his constant battle with injuries. After sustaining a core muscle injury back in November, Virgina Tech tweeted that Fuller had to undergo surgery to correct the problem.
Proving he can overcome injuries is going to be critical for Fuller's future. If he slips into the second or third round of the draft, there's simply too much potential there for the Vikings front office not to bite. When you have a pass defense that gave up 287.2 yards per game last season, infusing a guy like Fuller into the secondary would help change that tune right away.
Putting all of the hyperbole aside for a second, great drafts are predicated on value. Finding standout prospects in the later rounds is what helps build championship rosters—just ask Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.