| Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Selected: Round 1, Pick 14, Overall Pick 14 by Bears
|Name: Kyle Fuller (+) Coming off 11-19-13 Sports Hernia surgery
College: Virginia Tech Number: 17
Height: 6-0 Weight: 190
Position: CB Pos2: FS/SS
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2014
40 Time: 4.40
Projected Round: 1 Stock:
Rated number 3 out of 221 CB's
23 / 2255 TOTAL
Pro Day Results
40 Yrd Dash: 4.40
20 Yrd Dash: 2.50
10 Yrd Dash: 1.52
|225 Lb. Bench Reps: 12
Vertical Jump: 38 1/2
Broad Jump: 10'08"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.19
3-Cone Drill: 6.90
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A three-star CB recruit, Fuller enrolled at Virginia Tech just like his older brothers before him and has been the most productive Hokie from the Fuller family so far.
He played multiple positions over his four-year starting career in Blacksburg, seeing time at linebacker, safety and cornerback, both inside and outside, as well as hybrid positions of the three. An All-ACC performer the past three seasons, Fuller is rangy and light-footed with quick movements, long arms and the aggressive mentality to play man or zone coverage.
The game appears to come very natural to him, watching the eyes and moves of the WR to react accordingly and break on routes to get his hands on the ball. Fuller is a string bean with limited room to get much stronger, but he plays bigger than he looks with the confidence and instincts to make plays wherever he lines up.
STRENGTHS: Physical demeanor with good length, playing with excellent toughness and energy as if he were 25 pounds thicker. Good vertical leap and smooth hip action to flip-and-go. Smart route recognition and outstanding read/react quickness to mirror or plant-and-drive to attack.
Above average anticipation and cover instincts - obviously studies receivers and does his homework to know what to look for without hesitation. Physical in run support and works hard to get off blocks.
Closes in a flash with a fierce attitude. Heady and opportunistic player, always looking to strip the ball and force turnovers. Very good ball awareness and NFL ballskills.
Experience lining up in the slot and using his timing to penetrate the backfield as a blitzer. Experience playing inside and outside and at safety, linebacker and special teams. Four year starter with productive numbers.
WEAKNESSES: Very lean with limited muscle definition and overall growth potential to get much bigger. Overaggressive nature will get him in trouble at times, overpursuing in coverage or run support.
Lacks elite speed and to recover after initially beat off the line of scrimmage. Too hands on at times and will have some mental errors, getting caught out of position when trying to freelance. Needs to consistently wrap up when he makes initial contact and will miss tackles due to inconsistent form, including ducking his helmet before contact. Strong durability concerns with his physical style and lean body type. Senior season ended prematurely due to hernia surgery in Nov. 2013.
One of the Hokies four permanent captains for 2013
A second-team All-American by Walter Camp Foundation
A first-team All-ACC selection by the coaches and a third-team All-ACC selection by ACSMA
Played in nine games, making eight starts
Totaled 507 plays on the year, 438 on defense and 69 on special teams
Had 24 tackles, two interceptions and 10 breakups in his final season
Returned an interception for 11 yards, also adding four tackles and two breakups in the season opener against Alabama
Had a hurry and a tackle against Western Carolina
Made three tackles at East Carolina
Blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown while adding four breakups and four tackles in the triple overtime win over Marshall
Forced a fumble and made three tackles, two for loss, at Georgia Tech
Intercepted a pass to start the fourth quarter and finished the win over North Carolina making six tackles
Had three tackles and three breakups in the win over Pittsburgh
Saw limited action in the Duke and dressed but did not play at Boston College due to a groin injury
Made the start at Miami, but was in on just two defensive snaps and one special teams play
Did not dress for the Maryland game due to injury
Had surgery on Nov. 19 to repair a core muscle
Missed the Virginia game, as well as the Sun Bowl
Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in summer max testing
Earned Super Iron Hokie honors in summer max testing
Posted personal bests in the bench press (330), front squat (370) and power clean (305).
An honorable mention All-ACC and Coaches All-ACC selection at corner
Started all 13 games
Played 749 defensive snaps and contributed on 77 special teams plays
Had 52 tackles, including 3.0 for loss
Also had two interceptions and five pass break-ups
Made a game-changing interception in overtime to get the Hokies the ball back and eventually claim victory over Georgia Tech
Intercepted a pass for the second-straight game against Austin Peay
Made three tackles in limited action at Pittsburgh, leaving the game early due to a shoulder injury
Broke up a pass against Bowling Green
Made six solo tackles against Cincinnati
Had six tackles and a break-up at North Carolina
Forced a fumble and made four tackles against Duke
Made four tackles at Miami
Had eight tackles, including one for loss against Florida State
Made six tackles at Boston College
Broke up two passes and made six tackles in the win over Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl
For the second straight year, was honored as the defensive player who demonstrated the most outstanding leadership during the off-season and spring practice
Had two tackles and intercepted a pass in the teams first spring scrimmage
Posted three tackles and returned a kickoff 29 yards during the spring game
Named one of the Hokies permanent team captains for 2013.
A second-team All-ACC selection at corner ... Started all 14 games at two different positions on the defense ... Started at nickel back/whip linebacker for seven games and corner for the other seven games ... Played over 850 snaps on defense and 112 on special teams ... Had 65 tackles, a team-high 14.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks on the season ... Also added seven pass breakups, two interceptions, five quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... Was in on four tackles, including two for losses against Appalachian State ... Recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter ... Had four tackles, including three solo and two tackles for lost yardage at East Carolina ... Also had first career interception and was credited with a pass break up ... Posted a team-high 44 points in the coaches' grading at ECU ... Named ACC Defensive Back of the Week on Sept. 12 following the ECU game ... Registered five tackles, including four solo, one and a half sacks, a breakup and two QB hurries in the win over Arkansas State ... Also had a nine-yard punt return ... Contributed four tackles, including three solo in the win at Marshall.
Had two tackles in the Clemson game ... Returned a punt nine yards ... Posted eight tackles with six solo stops and a TFL in the win over Miami ... Had three tackles at Wake Forest ... Picked up a team-high four solo tackles, a TFL and two hurries against BC ... Finished with five total stops ... Had a big game at Duke, leading the team with eight tackles, including two for loss ... Also had a sack for 10 lost yards, his first career fumble recovery and three pass breakups ... Made a key open-field tackle on fourth down to stop Duke's potential game-winning drive late in the game ... Moved to whip linebacker for the Georgia Tech game ... Started at whip against the Yellow Jackets and made four tackles ... Returned to corner for the UNC game and had five tackles, including two TFL and a sack ... Had four tackles, including a forced fumble on a sack late in the second quarter at Virginia ... Started at whip in the ACC Championship Game against Clemson and tallied eight tackles, including two for lost yardage ... Had an interception in the Sugar Bowl against Michigan ... Won the President's Award, given to the defensive player who demonstrates the most outstanding leadership during the off-season program and spring workouts.
Started seven games as a true freshmen, primarily in the Hokies' nickel defense ... Posted 32 tackles, four for losses ... Also broke up six passes and forced a fumble ... Worked 10 special team plays in each of the Hokies' first two games ... Drew a start in the ECU game and contributed a pair of tackles ... Was in on a tackle at BC ... Saw action on special teams at NC State ... Was in on 15 defensive plays and picked up a tackle against Central Michigan ... Saw action on 13 plays in the Wake Forest game and contributed a pair of tackles ... Played 70 snaps in a start against Duke and had five tackles and a breakup ... Started in the Georgia Tech game, contributing five tackles and a pass breakup over 61 plays ... Also started at Miami where he had five tackles, a TFL, forced a fumble and broke up a pass ... Had a career-high 10 tackles, including three behind the line, and two pass breakups in a start against Virginia ... Started in the ACC title game against FSU and in the Orange Bowl game ... Had a 38 1/2-inch vertical jump in the fall and posted a 340-pound front squat during off-season testing ... Contributed a tackle for loss and a pass breakup during the first full spring scrimmage ... Intercepted a pass and returned it 17 yards during in the Maroon-White game.
A talented player for Coach Chip Armstrong at Mount St. Joseph High ... Named to PrepStar's All-Atlantic Region Team as a defensive back ... Listed as the No. 42 cornerback in the country by ESPN/Scouts Inc. ... Ranked the No. 80 cornerback in the country by Scout.com ... Ranked as the No. 14 player on the Mid-Atlantic (DC/Maryland area) 53 bySuperPrep ... Played in the Maryland Crab Bowl, an all-star game, despite missing most of his senior season with a finger injury ... A member of the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic Team ... Recorded one interception his senior year ... Had four interceptions as a junior, returning two of those for touchdowns ... Also had a punt return touchdown and kick return score that season.
Kyle Brandon Fuller ... Born 2/16/92 in Baltimore, MD ... Son of Vincent Fuller and Nina Dorsey-Fuller ... Brother of former Hokie and former Tennessee Titan Vincent Fuller and current Tech receiver Corey Fuller ... Is studying finance.
|09/14/14 - CB Kyle Fuller was pressed into full-time action Sunday night because of injuries to the Bears' top two right corners, Charles Tillman (triceps) and Sherrick McManus (quad). Fuller responded with two fourth-quarter interceptions that led to touchdowns in the Bears' come-from-behind victory.
|08/31/14 - CB Kyle Fuller will be ready for the opener. The first-round draft pick is slated to play in the nickel as the left cornerback, and on special teams. An ankle injury took him out the second preseason game and he set out the remaining two.
|08/18/14 - CB Kyle Fuller remains out with a sprained ankle suffered against Jacksonville Thursday. The 2014 first-round draft pick is listed as day to day.
|05/12/14 - A Fuller corner may make a better defense...When defensive tackle Aaron Donald went to the St. Louis Rams one pick ahead of the Bears, it mean they would probably be looking at a player in the secondary. Emery said three of the six players they had singled out as potential first-round picks were still there when they picked, including Fuller. Emery said little was brewing on the trade front, either. "When New York (Giants) turned in their pick, I said, 'we're not moving anywhere, we're going to get a really good player,' " Emery said.
The Bears defense has changed somewhat since Marc Trestman became head coach, but the emphasis remains zone. "The defense that I played with at Virginia Tech prepared me (for that) as well," Fuller said. The Bears have said defense is a priority and tackle and safety or linebacker are possibilities in the second and third rounds Friday. - The Sports Xchange
|05/12/14 - A Fuller corner may make a better defense...Last year's starter, Kelvin Hayden, went down with a season-ending hamstring injury in preseason, and rookie Isaiah Frey played the spot all year without making an interception. So the opportunity is there for Fuller to step onto the field with the nickel coverage unit. "We expect him to contribute his first year, and obviously as time (goes on) be a starter," Emery said. Besides nickel back, Fuller could also fit in as a key special teams player. Bears coaches had him ranked one of the highest special teams players on the board. "This is a player with length, with skill, athleticism, versatility, productivity, and beyond that the better part is he's even a great person," Emery said.
Fuller had a vertical leap of 38 1/2 inches. He ran a 4.49-second 40 at the combine, but there are questions about his strength after he did just 12 reps in the bench press. He had a sports hernia that cost him four games last year, but said he was "100 percent" at the combine. The Bears also like Fuller's pedigree. The 5-foot-11 1/2, 192-pounder is one of four Fuller brothers to play for Virginia Tech, and the third to go into the NFL. His oldest brother, Vincent, lettered for the Hokies from 2001-2004 and played parts of seven years in the NFL with Tennessee and Detroit. His other brother, Corey, is with Detroit and is a wide receiver, but has yet to play in a game. "It means a lot in terms of how he presents himself as a professional, in understanding what professionalism means in the NFL," Emery said. - The Sports Xchange
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