Oct 5, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller (17) reacts after an interception as cornerback Kendall Fuller (11) and North Carolina Tar Heels defensive lineman Allen Champagne (91) look on. The Hokies defeated the Tar Heels 27-17 at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Draft Grade: Chicago Bears Select Kyle Fuller

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The Chicago Bears selected cornerback Kyle Fuller with the 14th in the 2014 NFL draft.

Scheme Fit

Charles Tillman is 33-years old.  Tim Jennings is 30.  Put simply the Chicago Bears are old at corner and also very light on quality depth.  Kyle Fuller is probably the most complete corner in the 2014 draft.  He can play man.  He can play zone.  He can play outside and inside.  At 6’0” he has good size to take on those big NFC North receiver and is perhaps at his best when defending the run.  Arguably the best tackling corner in the draft.

My Reaction

It might not be the safety everybody hoped for but the pick is a good one from both a short and long-term perspective.  Kyle Fuller is an immediate threat to take over the slot role and is now the heir apparent to Tillman.  His size and ability to play the run and pass with equal effectiveness is what they need.  The toughness is there and as the son of a coach he knows the work it will take to realize his full potential.

Grade:  A-

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