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Draft Scout Kyle Fuller News
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
05/12/14 - A Fuller corner may make a better defense...The Chicago Bears needed defensive help in virtually any form after an historically bad season, so cornerback Kyle Fuller's selection in Thursday's NFL draft with the 14th pick in Round 1 fit a need -- even if it was more of a longer-term need. The Virginia Tech player became the first cornerback taken by the Bears in Round 1 since Walt Harris in 1996, but safety or defensive tackle seemed more pressing needs because they already have 30-something veterans Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings under contract for next year at corner.
This led to speculation Fuller could be headed for a position switch, something the Bears have had to do this year with general manager Phil Emery's initial first-round draft pick Shea McClellin. Emery nipped that one in the bud almost immediately. "He is a corner," Emery said of Fuller. "That's how we see him. "He's a guy who we saw has a lot of versatility in coverage." Fuller also made it clear he's not moving. "I actually haven't played safety," he said. "As far as that, being able to line up, I am tough, physical and can come up and tackle. I haven't played it but I played corner and nickel and feel I can do that."
Fuller played 14 games at nickel back at Virginia Tech, which is part of his versatility. Still, that could be enough to get him on the field as a rookie because nickel back is an uncertain area for the Bears, as well. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 1/14 -- Kyle Fuller, CB, 6-0, 192, Virginia Tech...Graded by the Bears as the top cornerback in the draft, he was tabbed as an eventual replacement for Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings while being an understudy this year as a nickel corner and special teams contributor. Fuller played "inverted safety" and nickel besides playing cornerback at Virginia Tech. The drafting of Fuller, who can line up as a slot defensive back, came after some close analysis of offenses the Bears face regularly in the NFC North.
"Look at our division, we've got to line up against three (wide receivers) so much during the season - that's 11 personnel - it's a lot of what we see," coach Marc Trestman said. "We've got some tremendous offensive players throughout this division. "Certainly Kyle gives us the versatility because he can play inside and outside and cover so much of the types of players we're seeing; the big player, the long player, now the (Eric) Ebrons of the World and certainly the three-wide receiver sets we see throughout the division." - The Sports Xchange
05/08/14 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 23/3. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 190, 4.40, 1...Fuller plays like a natural who has the athleticism to cover and the aggressiveness to play the run. Had sports hernia surgery in November, missed final six games and Senior Bowl. Quiet team leader, brother of former Tennessee Titan Vincent Fuller and younger brother Kendall is a sophomore to watch with Hokies this year. Frankly: A solid player against pass and in run support, Fuller has efficient, functional speed (bests of 4.40 and 4.42 seconds in 40 yards at combine), excellent leaping ability (38.5-inch vertical) and a knack at finding the ball. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com