Kyle Fuller NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Bears CB

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Kyle Fuller NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Bears CB
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Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (HT: 5’11¾”; WT: 190 lbs)

Chicago Bears

First Round: 14th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Prince Amukamara, CB, New York Giants

Combine Weigh-In
Height Weight Arm Hand
6'0" 190 32 7/8" 9 3/8"

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Combine Results
40-yard dash 10-yard split Vert Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
4.49 N/A 38½" 10' 6'' 6.90 4.19

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Positives

  • Most effective in off-man coverage, which is one of the more popular coverages in the NFL. 
  • Posted an elite burn percentage of 16 percent in man coverage during his entire 2013 season at Virginia Tech. 
  • Aggressive athlete against both the pass and the run game, often ends up around the ball.
  • Awareness and play recognition is impressive. By reading the play correctly, he is able to be efficient in his movement and potentially stop the play before a less-efficient player would. 
  • Great foot energy during backpedal that allows quick pivot and burst toward the ball. He used this sudden burst to have a breakout senior season. 
  • Fluid hips and change-of-direction ability. He is natural in lateral movements. 
  • Doesn’t waste steps when backpedaling or transitioning to defend speed out patterns or comebacks. Has the ability to reach the point of contest quicker than the receiver if the offense's timing is off. 
  • Very good speed over distance helps if beaten initially. Certainly possesses above-average speed for a starting NFL cornerback. 
  • His height and length force tight windows. He can lay out to defend the pass and cover a lot of space. 
  • Has the ability to add muscle to his frame if need be. His weight isn't a concern, but some schemes may ask that he is bigger. This could also increase his durability. 
  • Ball skills are good; routinely defensed or was in position on accurate passes. 
  • Versatile player with the skills to move to free safety, if need be. 
  • Great family bloodlines, with two brothers in the NFL and another still at Virginia Tech.

 

Negatives

  • Has durability concerns due to aggressive mindset and possibly due to frame; missed 11 games over course of collegiate career, and six in 2013. 
  • Struggled in press coverage due to poor hand usage and lacking a punch to get the receiver off their route. Will need major refinement in this area. 
  • Really struggled in zone coverage due to a lack of route recognition and anticipation. Was too strict to the zone he was assigned to cover, instead of coming up on the receiver when there wasn't a threat to get beaten deep. His senior-season burn percentage in zone was almost 50 percent. 
  • Aggressiveness in coverage sometimes backfires, as he finds himself vulnerable on double-moves or head fakes. 
  • Despite above-average speed, he cannot rely on his mid-4.4 40 speed. NFL receivers are just as fast. He will need to continue developing his discipline. 
  • Reckless tackling form leads to either a big hit or a miss, and that generally doesn't improve in the NFL. 
  • Could be a one-year wonder during a much-improved senior season; previous seasons were not impressive.

Collegiate Statistics
Year Team Tackles PD INT
2010 Virginia Tech 32 6 0
2011 Virginia Tech 65 9 2
2012 Virginia Tech 52 7 2
2013 Virginia Tech 24 10 2

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Personal Notes

  • Missed seven games in 2013 after requiring sports hernia surgery (via NFL.com's Mike Huguenin).
  • Nominated as a team captain in 2013, as well as 2013 second-team All-American from Walter Camp.
  • Will graduate with a degree in finance. Former 3-star prospect out of high school. 

 

Ratings Chart

Graph made by http://nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Although Fuller played in only seven of 13 games in 2013, he flashed improved technique, ball skills and overall talent. He is a great athlete with ideal size for a boundary cornerback, and he should be able to see the field early as a rookie.

With more experience, his technique and comfort within a zone defense should improve. Fuller has the versatility to play free safety and nickelback, as well as boundary corner.

 

Draft Projection: 1st Round

 


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