CB KYLE FULLER, VIRGINIA TECH

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6’0” – 194 lbs. – 4.50e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 32 – 3.0 – 0.0, 1 FF, 6 PD
2011: 65 – 14.5 – 4.5, 4 QBH, 1 FF, 7 PD, 2 INT
2012: 52 – 3.0 – 0.0, 1 FF, 5 PD, 2 INT

OVERVIEW:

Started seven games as a true freshman, typically playing in the slot; also contributed on special teams. Started seven games as a hybrid nickel cornerback/linebacker and seven as a boundary cornerback in 2011, earning second-team All-ACC honors. Was named a team captain in 2012, then started all thirteen games, earning honorable mention All-ACC honors.

STRENGTHS:

•    Possesses prototypical size, bulk, and length for a cornerback prospect.
•    Respected leader who serves as one of Virginia Tech’s team captains.
•    Confident, rebounds well from mistakes and plays with aggressiveness.
•    Impressive speed, can stick with his man downfield on deep passes.
•    Plays the ball well in the air, demonstrates good timing for the deflection.
•    Physical, willing to close and make a hit on a receiver or ballcarrier.
•    Capable, productive blitzer, is frequently employed in that capacity.
•    Has experience lining up as an outside cornerback as well as in the slot.
•    Could potentially shift to safety, has all of the prerequisite skills to do so.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Susceptible to quick breaking routes and, in particular, double moves.
•    Occasionally gets a little bit too aggressive with his pursuit angles.
•    Usually uses technique when tackling, but could wrap more consistently.
•    Could do a better job of disguising/timing his blitzes, tips his hand.

SUMMARY:

There aren’t many flaws in Fuller’s game. He has over three years of starting experience for a major program handling plenty of different responsibilities, so at this point he is one of the most polished defensive backs in the class and should be ready to contribute in some capacity early in his career. Physically, he possesses an impressive combination of size, length, and athletic ability, with a confident, physical on-field temperament. There are times when teams have been able to successfully target him with double moves, and he occasionally gets a little bit too aggressive, but these are relatively minor concerns which should not prevent him from going on the second day. RD 2

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