Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech #17
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Size/Athleticism: Adequate height but skinny. Speed is decent, but not exceptional. He’s quicker than he is fast.
Coverage: A good athlete who can excel in man coverage. Lacks the strength to throw receivers off their route in press coverage, and got burned a few times by receivers who were able to fight through the press. Poor footwork sometimes and often turns his back on the quarterback unnecessarily to recover. Takes too many false steps at the line of scrimmage when working in press coverage. He’s quick enough to mirror receivers in their breaks, but not fast enough to turn and run with everyone without having help over the top.
Ball skills: Does a nice job quickly picking up the ball in the air when he turns. Decent hand and will come down with the interception when he’s in position. Breaks quickly to the ball and times his jumps to contest passes.
Run support: Closes quickly but not a wrap-up tackler and misses often. Doesn’t always take great angles.
Intangibles: Team captain as a senior. One of four brothers to play at Virginia Tech. Older brother Vincent Fuller played defensive back for the Titans also.
Durability: Slowed by nagging shoulder and groin injuries in 2012. Missed time with a groin injury in 2013 also. Had season-ending surgery in 2013 on a core muscle injury.
Comments: Kyle Fuller has the physical tools but he still makes a lot of mistakes when in man coverage. He tends to take too many steps and gets drawn out of position against more savvy receivers, and once they gain a step he lacks the elite speed to recover. He stands out because of his elite ball skills, but at the next level he’ll need to refine his fundamentals in coverage in order to maintain his ability to get into position to make plays on the ball.