Photo of Kyle Fuller
Drafted By: Bears
  • Round 1
  • Pick 14
  • Overall 14

Combine Results

Grade
5.97 ?
  • 4.49 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 128.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.90 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.19 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Talk bout DNA. His older brother Vincent played in the NFL. He other older brother Corey plays for the Lions. He played with his younger brother Kendall, who was a freshman at Virginia Tech (in 2013). I thought he was most NFL-ready cornerback I saw on tape. He doesn't move as fast as Justin Gilbert. In run support, he reminds me of (Kansas City Chiefs cornerback) Brandon Flowers when he came out of Virginia Tech. Fuller can play nickel corner on Day 1." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 32 7/8" Arm Length
  • 190LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Overview

Is part of a quartet of Fuller brothers to play for Virginia Tech. His oldest brother, Vincent, lettered for the Hokies from 2001-2004 and played parts of seven years in the NFL with Tennessee and Detroit. Was teammates with brother Corey (who is now with the Lions) in 2012. Played alongside his youngest brother Kendall in the Tech secondary in 2013. His cousin Damien Russell started the family tradition when he played for the Hokies from 1988-1991. In high school, the Baltimore native missed most of his senior year with a finger injury. Arrived in 2010 and saw action in 12 games as a true freshman, starting six games (two at boundary corner, one at field corner, three at the whip linebacker position). Recorded 32 tackles, six pass breakups and no interceptions with four tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Made all 14 starts in 2011 (seven at CB, seven at the nickelback/whip) and had 65 tackles, seven pass breakups and two interceptions with a team-high 14.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Recovered a blocked punt in the end zone against Appalachian State. Started all 13 games at cornerback in 2012 and had 52 tackles, five pass breakups and two sacks with three tackles for loss and one forced fumble. Was limited to nine games (eight starts) in 2013 with a sports hernia, undergoing surgery in late November (Dr. William Meyers). Missed four games with the injury. Had 24 tackles, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions with two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and his first career blocked punt. Team captain.

Analysis

Strengths

Good size and balance. Plays faster than he times thanks to keen instincts, anticipation and route recognition. Zone aware with good eyes, ball reactions and hands to intercept. Outstanding leaping ability. Willing run supporter. Has special-teams experience, including as a gunner and jammer. Tough and durable -- logged 42 career starts. Team captain who understands what it means to be a pro. Was a 21-year-old senior.

Weaknesses

Could stand to get stronger -- managed just 12 benchpress reps at the Combine. Man-cover limitations. Lacks twitch for the position. Has a choppy pedal and some tightness in transition. Gives up separation at the break point. Average production on the ball. Shows some stiffness when required to break down and tackle in space. Slips off some tackles. Squats on routes and is susceptible to double moves.

Draft Projection

Rounds 1-2

Bottom Line

Narrow-framed, confident, competitive off-man/zone corner with nice length, field speed and awareness. Is capable of contributing early on special teams and in sub packages.
-Nolan Nawrocki
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.

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