Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Kyle Fuller could be an early starter in Washington.
If the Redskins go cornerback early, they won't do better than Virginia Tech Hokie Kyle Fuller. He has the physical presence and opportunist streak the Washington defense lacks at the position.
Adding greater size at cornerback should be an offseason focus. The secondary can improve if its outside covering defenders use more press techniques.
At 6'0" and 194 pounds, Fuller has the size to partner with 2013 second-round pick, 6'1", 194-pounder David Amerson. That pairing would allow secondary coach Raheem Morris to employ more press and bump-and-run concepts on the outside.
Fuller fits that plan because he has a strong appetite for the physical aspects of the game, something noted by Dane Brugler of CBS Sports:
A versatile DB with the athleticism to cover and the aggressiveness to play the run. Fuller enjoys throwing his body around in run support and is a 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 the game appears to come natural to him, making plays on the ball with top ballskills.
Fuller's strong tackling can be key in a 3-4 scheme that often uses cornerbacks as force players against the run. But it is the ball skills Brugler notes that should appeal the most to the Redskins.
According to CFBStats, Fuller intercepted a pair of passes and broke up 10 more in 2013. That ability to get his hands on the ball separates him from the likes of Florida's Marcus Roberson, another corner with good size.