There we were, grown men, huddled around the softball field waiting for our smartphones to update with the Bears’ first round selection.
“Haha Clinton Dix,” yelled one softball player that was no where close in appearance to Monica Lewinsky.
“It’s effing Phil Emery, he’ll draft some no name player from some no name school,” boasted another player.
Needless to say, a collected “Whaaaa?!?!” echoed from the softball team after the display on their phone showed that the Bears selected cornerback Kyle Fuller out of Virginia Tech.
Phil Emery struck again. Despite the fact that there were several popular names still on the draft board, Emery came through with another surprise with the Bears’ first round draft pick. Continuing the trend that he started with the drafting of Shea McClellin.
Unlike McClellin, or even 2013 first round draft pick Kyle Long, Fuller was projected to be a first round selection. In fact, Emery did not reach at all with his selection of Fulller with the 14th overall selection. That is a surprise in itself.
The real surprise is that the Bears chose a cornerback over the more glaring need for a safety.
But, I suggest that all Bears fans take a step back and breathe. Fuller is actually a really promising first round selection for the Bears.
Fuller happens to be considered to be the best at something the Bears were lacking last season–stopping the run. Fuller is considered to be an excellent cornerback against the run.
Fuller will presumably start his career as the Bears’ nickleback while being groomed to be the replacement to Charles Tillman.
While he may not be Clinton Dix or Calvin Pryor, Fuller certainly will prove to be better than the initial reaction from the softball team I played with tonight.