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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
Combine Invite: 
Height: 5116
Weight: 190
40 Yrd Dash: 4.40
20 Yrd Dash: 2.50
10 Yrd Dash: 1.52
Wonderlic: 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 12
Vertical Jump: 38 1/2
Broad Jump: 10'08"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.19
3-Cone Drill: 6.90

Dates: 03/19/14
Height: 5116
Weight: 190
40 Yrd Dash: 
20 Yrd Dash: 
10 Yrd Dash: 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 

 Overview

  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.


 Analysis

  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.

--Dane Brugler


 2013 Season

  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).

 2012 Season

  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 team’s 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.

 2011 Season

  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.


 2010 Season

  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.

 High School

  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.

 Personal

  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.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
12/17/14 - CB Kyle Fuller had been suffering from a hand fracture, but it has healed and he would have been a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
11/25/14 - CB Kyle Fuller would have missed practice Tuesday due to the knee injury he suffered Sunday. He is day to day and questionable for Thursday's game.
10/27/14 - CB Kyle Fuller suffered a hamstring injury against New England and that, along with several other injuries, leaves his availability uncertain for the next game, Nov. 9. Fuller was replaced by undrafted rookie free agent Al Louis-Jean, who brings more height (6-1) into the lineup but was burned repeatedly Tom Brady Sunday.
10/23/14 - CB Kyle Fuller practiced on a limited basis Thursday after missing Wednesday's practice due to a hand fracture and hip pointer. His replacement would be Sherrick McManis, but Fuller's progress could mean he'll be able to play Sunday wearing a soft cast on his hand.
10/22/14 - CB Kyle Fuller missed practice Wednesday to the broken hand and hip-pointer he sustained Sunday. He is day-to-day.

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