"Fuller might be the toughest cornerback in this year's draft. He's fearless in run support and closes like a bullet. He needs to break down better and tighten his form but his ability to drop opposing players in a hurry will be very valuable on off-tackle plays, sweeps and bubble screens.
"He's a confident player in coverage, almost to a fault. Fuller sinks his hips well, allowing him to break quickly on ins, outs and hitches. That, combined with his natural instincts, gives him big-play potential, yet it also leaves him vulnerable to the deep ball. He ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the combine, so he's not the type of corner who can afford to be late out of his backpedal, particularly in press man.
"In coverage, he's a boom-or-bust player but there's no denying his football acumen and athleticism. See the video below of his game against Georgia Tech. The Hokies deployed Fuller as a blitzing linebacker on nearly every play. He repeatedly stuck his nose in the trenches, battling offensive linemen and making plays. It truly is a one-of-a-kind performance, one that shows the type of football player he is, both physically and mentally."
Fuller visited the Bears pre-draft at Halas Hall. Many believe he can play safety in the NFL due to his physicality and in-the-box mentality. That type of versatility was obviously very attractive to GM Phil Emery.
Fuller makes sense due to the ages of Charles Tillman (33), Tim Jennings (30) and Kelvin Hayden (30). If he stays at cornerback, he'll likely challenge Hayden in the slot before sliding outside to take over for Tillman, who is playing on a one-year contract.
During his collegiate career, Fuller started 42 of 50 games for Virginia Tech – 14 as a nickelback/linebacker and 28 at cornerback. He accumulated 173 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 23.5 stops for loss, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He intercepted six passes and had 21 pass breakups.
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Fuller ran a 4.40 40-yard dash, had 12 bench-press reps, a 38.5-inch vertical jump and a 10-8 broad jump.
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