The Kansas City Chiefs finished the 2013 season with an 11-5 record, which gives them the 23rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. There are several positions that the Chiefs should consider improving in the draft, but with only six picks it will be difficult to fill all of the holes. One of the biggest needs for Kansas City is adding another cornerback opposite Brandon Flowers. The answer could be Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller.
Fuller played four seasons at Virginia Tech, three as a defensive back and one as a cornerback. Fuller will be entering the draft as a corner, but it is nice to know that he has experience playing another defensive position. During his four years as a Hokie, Fuller had 173 tackles and six interceptions. He returned punts for three years and even returned one for a touchdown (Source: Sports Reference).
Kyle Fuller Combine Results
40-yard dash – 4.49 seconds
Bench press – 12 reps
Vertical jump – 38.5 inch
Broad jump – 128.0 inch*
3-cone drill – 6.90 seconds
20-yard shuttle – 4.19 seconds
* = Combine top performer
(Courtesy of NFL.com)
Fuller is rated as the third best cornerback headed to the draft and could do wonders for the Chiefs secondary. Towards the end of the 2013 season, Kansas City’s once dominant defense fizzled out and a lot of it was due in part to the poor play of the secondary. Flowers is a decent corner, but the talent opposite him has been non-existent for the most part. Fuller could come in and make a huge impact right away.
NFL Draft Scout says that Kyle Fuller is the 27th best overall player in the draft. Does that mean the Chiefs have a shot of landing him? Dane Brugler of NFL Draft Scout thinks Fuller will still be available by the 23rd pick, but that he will be drafted 28th overall by the Carolina Panthers.
“Physical in run support and works hard to get off blocks. Closes in a flash with a fierce attitude. Heady and opportunistic player. Very good ball awareness and NFL ball skills. Good blitzer. Experience playing inside and outside and at safety, linebacker and special teams.” – Brugler on Kyle Fuller’s strengths
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