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Chicago Bears 2014 Draft: Why Fuller Was The Better Pick

After months of speculation and so many names, the Chicago Bears have finally made their pick. They drafted cornerback Kyle Fuller.

Fuller is listed at 6’0″, 190 pounds. He played at Virginia Tech. He wasn’t looked at much at the beginning the draft process, but he quickly caught teams’ attention.

Fuller ran a 4.40 at the combine. He showed he can be a physical corner. That would be perfect in the NFC North, where he will have to face receivers like Calvin Johnson, and quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford.

Here is analyst Dane Brugler’s profile of Fuller:

“Fuller played multiple positions over his four-year starting career in Blacksburg, seeing time at linebacker, safety and cornerback, both inside and outside, as well as hybrid positions of the three. An All-ACC performer the past three seasons, Fuller is rangy and light-footed with quick movements, long arms and the aggressive mentality to play man or zone coverage.

“The game appears to come very natural to him, watching the eyes and moves of the wide receiver to react accordingly and break on routes to get his hands on the ball. Fuller is a string bean with limited room to get much stronger, but he plays bigger than he looks with the confidence and instincts to make plays wherever he lines up.”

Some fans may have been surprised by the Fuller pick, but he fits in well. Emery has said he wants more flexibility on his defense and Fuller gives him that.

Three names that were also mentioned as possible picks by the Bears were Aaron Donald, Calvin Pryor and HaHa Clinton-Dix. Fuller was the better pick.

Donald was already off the board at 14, so he was not a choice.

With Pryor, he would have to harness his aggressiveness. He is a hard hitter who lowers down and he will be called for hitting with the crown of the helmet. He is stiff when changing direction so he could be vulnerable there. Also, Pryor is just a free safety, whereas Fuller can play cornerback, safety, and even linebacker.

At safety, Clinton-Dix lacks some strength. At the higher level, he will have trouble breaking free from blockers. Also, he tends to be too grabby when trying to take down ball carriers, and with the strength of NFL players, they can break loose from that.

Kyle Fuller will play in situations this season. He will gain a huge advantage by working with Charles Tillman. Tillman will show him the tricks of the trade, and when he retires, Fuller will be that much better when he takes over.

What do you think? Is Kyle Fuller the right pick, or would you rather have had the Bears pick someone else? Let us know.


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  • Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    I love the pick. I feel like Corner is a strong position on the Defense now. Safety is still a little sketchy but hopefully an improved Defensive line will mask that some. I’m hoping for DT in round 2. There is still a few left that where projected for round 1, lets see who falls. Bear Down

  • Gioscianna

    Love the pick. Most pro ready DB by far and doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses. Solid player all the way through! Phil got this one right! Bearsssss

  • IUCannon

    Solid pick by Emery, love it. I think he ends up as the best CB in this draft for what the team wants to do. Plenty of the guys will end up being more athletic and having flashy plays but we should see solid, fundamental play from Fuller. He should step right in and take over for Peanut fairly seamlessly.

    Let’s get a DT and some more help on D. Maybe I’m in the minority on this but if they took an extra DL and didn’t address the S spot this draft then I wouldn’t be displeased. With better DL play this season, the safety production should increase. People underestimate how bad it was last season and put too much blame on Conte – he was bad but could be salvaged. Not to mention any of the top S in the league wouldn’t have performed well with our DL last year.

  • Kirk Devries

    Emery’s first, first round pick in his short tenure that screams “good pick.” The Kyle Long pick had us all wondering somewhat, but we all know how that turned out.