The San Francisco 49ers have the 30th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The need for a cornerback has been created with the departure of veterans Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers. Both of them signed with the Oakland Raiders. It is very possible that the 49ers look for a corner in the draft. Today we will take a look at another one of the day one 49ers draft prospects, Virginia Tech corner Kyle Fuller.
Fuller is a very athletic corner that can play outside on the boundary or move inside and cover the slot on nickel situations. He is a very physical corner but unlike some of the others, he can cover receivers in off man as well. he is very aware in zone coverage. Fuller has outstanding leaping ability and ball skills. He is also more than willing to come up and get involved in defending the run.
“I feel comfortable playing in the nickel, playing outside. I want to be versatile. I moved around in our defensive backfield. I played nickel, I played field, boundary. It shows how versatile I am. I consider myself a physical player. I feel like my physical style, my speed and ability to make plays along with my willingness to tackle are my best traits.”
Fuller is a complete corner. His aggressive style of play is typical of a Virginia Tech defensive back. He has very good timing and uses his leaping ability to break up passes. It’s very impressive how he is able to avoid pass interference when he breaks up passes despite creating some contact with the receiver. Aggressive defensive coordinators will like Fuller because he can be disruptive blitzing from the nickel spot or outside at corner. Fuller has direct NFL bloodlines. His brothers Vincent and Corey Fuller play in the NFL. His younger brother Kyle started as a freshman at Virginia Tech last year.
How will he help the 49ers? Fuller would fill a big void for the 49ers. Right now Eric Wright and Perish Cox are their top nickle corners. Both are on one year veteran minimum deals. Fuller would come in and become the primary nickel corner. Down the line he can become a starter on the outside as well. The 49ers don’t usually let rookies start right away but Fuller would be likely to take over the nickel spot early in the season. He can block punts and is well schooled in special teams which is a duty that is expected of any 49ers rookie defensive back.
NFL Comparison: Brandon Flowers. Like Flowers, Fuller plays much bigger than his size. Both are aggressive, physical corners. Their feisty nature can frustrate receivers at times. Fuller and Flowers are able to cover shifty slot receivers just as well as the big body receivers that line up in the slot. Their aggressive nature allows them to be physical with receivers in their routes.
6-0 190 pounds
32 7/8 inch arms
9 3/8 inch hands
4.49 40 yd dash
4.19 20 yd shuttle
38.5 inch vertical
10.6 broad jump
12 reps bench press
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