The Denver Broncos watched the Seattle Seahawks dominate them in the Super Bowl on the strength of a physical secondary, and it will be no surprise when teams around the league try to copy that model.
The Broncos went out and signed Aqib Talib, easily one of the best coverage cornerbacks in the league. They also have Chris Harris, one of the most underrated players in the league.
But having more options in the secondary will be a must, especially after losing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to free agency and choosing to part ways with Champ Bailey.
Kayvon Webster will need to step up in his second season, but there are many great options to upgrade the secondary through the upcoming NFL draft.
One of those is Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller, and if Denver wants to get more physical on defense, he would certainly aid in that goal.
Fuller is a very intelligent player and a very versatile defensive back.
Not only does he display good coverage skills, he also quickly diagnoses a play and interrupts the route a receiver is running with his quick hands.
Fuller has long arms, good athletic ability and good anticipation skills. He will often jump routes and make a play on the ball.
At Virginia Tech, Fuller lined up at cornerback and safety while even playing some linebacker. Best of all, he is very effective against the run, coming up to put hits on the ball-carrier.
A lengthy, physical player, Fuller is the prototypical cornerback for the NFL in 2014.
The Broncos sit at No. 31 in the first round, but he has to be one of the top names on their board at that spot.
San Diego and Carolina are two teams with late first-round draft picks who could also be interested in Fuller. John Elway and his staff should be aware of this, and they should be willing to make a deal to move up in the round if the right opportunity presents itself.
Pairing Fuller with Harris and Talib would give the Broncos a very solid trio of cornerbacks. Webster could then continue his development and be a rotational player when needed.
|Corey Fuller Scouting Combine Results|
|40-yard dash||4.49 seconds|
|Bench Press||12 reps|
|Broad jump||10' 6"|
|3-Cone drill||6.90 seconds|
|20-yard shuttle||4.19 seconds|
Looking at the video below, Fuller shows some of the traits that could make him a first-round selection in the draft.
Early in the video, he blows up the runner on a toss play. In that same game, he shows how disruptive he can be while hanging around the line of scrimmage. He also shows his versatility by blocking a punt on special teams, which is returned by one of his teammates for a touchdown.
Later (1:02 mark of video), he makes an excellent play against one of the best quarterbacks in the country, AJ McCarron. Showing great anticipation, Fuller spins back to the play and sticks out his arm to knock the ball down. Rarely will you see better coverage than this.
Some may cite injury concerns in regards to Fuller, but he did make 42 career starts in college. He would be ready to contribute immediately on special teams and could be useful in nickel and dime packages as a rookie.
In a league where teams are starting to throw the ball more and more on offense, physical, athletic cornerbacks will be highly sought-after. Fuller would be an excellent fit in Denver.