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Chicago Bears 2014 First Round Selection: Kyle Fuller

| May 9th, 2014

Kyle Fuller is the newest addition to the Chicago Bears.

Thoughts and information on Fuller:

STRENGTHS: Physical demeanor with good length, playing with excellent toughness and energy as if he were 25 pounds thicker. Good vertical leap and smooth hip action to flip-and-go. Smart route recognition and outstanding read/react quickness to mirror or plant-and-drive to attack.

Above average anticipation and cover instincts – obviously studies receivers and does his homework to know what to look for without hesitation. Physical in run support and works hard to get off blocks.

Closes in a flash with a fierce attitude. Heady and opportunistic player, always looking to strip the ball and force turnovers. Very good ball awareness and NFL ballskills.

Experience lining up in the slot and using his timing to penetrate the backfield as a blitzer. Experience playing inside and outside and at safety, linebacker and special teams. Four year starter with productive numbers.

WEAKNESSES: Very lean with limited muscle definition and overall growth potential to get much bigger. Overaggressive nature will get him in trouble at times, overpursuing in coverage or run support.

Lacks elite speed and to recover after initially beat off the line of scrimmage. Too hands on at times and will have some mental errors, getting caught out of position when trying to freelance. Needs to consistently wrap up when he makes initial contact and will miss tackles due to inconsistent form, including ducking his helmet before contact. Strong durability concerns with his physical style and lean body type. Senior season ended prematurely due to hernia surgery in Nov. 2013.

Is Fuller is going to be a great Bear? Who knows. Corners in the first round are crap shoots. But it was clear Fuller was climbing draft boards across the league in recent weeks.

 

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