Kyle Fuller Scouting Report

The success rate for corners in the NFL that run over 4.5 isn’t very high, at all. Then you factor in Kyle Fuller and the factor in the fact that he’s had a couple injuries, and you start to wonder about Fuller.

Then you turn on the tape.

Where He Excels

  • Route Recognition/Instincts
  • Scheme Diverse
  • Technique

When you watch Fuller, it’s like he knows what route is coming. He’s constantly sitting on routes, understanding the depth of the drops the QB is taking, or  where the sticks are, and uses it to his advantage. His instincts don’t just show in the pass game, Fuller is one of the top CB’s in the draft as far as playing the run. He wasn’t asked to do as much against the run as he was a year ago, but he is more than capable versus the run. He sniffs out reverses, is quick to react to screens, attacks the run, and is a very good secondary defender.

Some guys are suited to play one coverage over the other. There’s CB’s who are pure man cover guys, and corners who are solely zone guys. That’s not the case with Fuller. Fuller can play press man on the outside on an island, or line up in the box and guard the TE 5 or 6 yards off the ball. He’s such an “easy” mover, flips his hips and can turn and run effortlessly.  His ability to read the QB in zone coverage is above average, he’s very aware and does a good job at finding work.

In man coverage, Fuller shines. For many of the reasons listed above, as well as his arm length, and patience in press coverage. You see a lot of guys over extend when they press, and they’re beat instantaneously. Fuller is patient, he doesn’t lunge or try to kill you, then he just mirrors your route, stays in your hip pocket, and is able to break up the pass due to his long arms. All this is because his technique. He plays forward, on the balls of his toes, I mentioned his ability to turn and run, and how he gets the initial jam, but he stays low in his pedal, keeps his feet underneath him, and just doesn’t make mistakes.

What’s Going to Hurt him

  • Long Speed
  • Injuries

I mentioned Fuller’s ability to know what’s coming. At times, that gets him in trouble. There’s been moments this year where his long speed has been exposed. Because he doesn’t have A+ acceleration/closing speed, he gets beat. Luckily, this is a rarity, and because his technique, it doesn’t happen very much. The fact remains that he doesn’t have ideal long speed, or appear to have it. He’s not going to run 4.6, but he’s not going to run 4.45, either.

Injuries have been an issue for Fuller. He got nicked up versus Alabama, he was out 4-6 weeks in late November due to a core muscle injury, he also missed 2 games this year due to a groin injury. Fuller had setbacks a year ago as well, missing time with a shoulder injury.

Not a weakness, but I did notice Fuller drop some balls. I’ll be taking a closer look to see if his hands are an issue at the Senior Bowl & Combine, his ball skills are good, but I need to get a better feel to see if he’s an actual hands catcher.

Grade/Final Thought

 

Multiple Pro Bowl Player, Top 10   8.5 – 9.0
Highly Productive Starter, 1st Round   8.0 – 8.4
Very Good Starter, Early 2nd Round   7.8 – 7.9
Reliable Starter, 2nd Round   7.5 – 7.7
Potential Starter in Year 2, 3rd Round   7.0 – 7.4
Backup/Spot Starter, 4th Round   6.5 – 6.9
Productive Backup, 5th Round   6.0 – 6.4
Very Good Backup/STs, 6th Round   5.5 – 5.9
Quality Backup/Good STs, 7th Round   5.0 – 5.4
Backup/STs/Project Player, 7th Round   4.5 – 4.9
Priority Free Agent w/ Limitations   4.0 – 4.4
Non-Draftable     < 4.0

 

Skill Weight Grade
Long Speed 2 1.6
Closing Speed/Acceleration 2 1.8
Ball Skills 3 2.7
Eye Discipline 2 1.8
Strength 2 1.8
Athletcism 2 1.7
Route Recognition/Instincts 3 3
Tackling/Blitz Ability 2 1.9
Cover Skills 4 3.9
Change of direction/Feet 3 2.9

Fuller grades out to an 8.32, or a very good player at the next level. Though he’s not a “burner”, Fuller has every skill you want in a corner. Most importantly, he doesn’t make mistakes. Injuries are certainly a factor, but when he’s on the field, from a talent standpoint, he’s arguably the best CB in the draft. I’d expect him to go in the 2nd round because of injuries, but whoever gets him, is getting a steal.

 

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