Mike Mayock Moves Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller Into Top Spot In Latest Rankings

With a little more than one week to go until the 2014 NFL Draft takes place, there’s a new leader in the cornerback clubhouse as far as rankings go for one well-known draft analyst.

In the fourth edition of his position-by-position prospect rankings, Mike Mayock of the NFL Network now has Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller listed as his top cornerback with Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard now ranked second.

We should have seen this coming from Mayock as he’s been in love with Fuller dating back to his February conference call with the media.

“The Fuller kid I really like,” Mayock said back in mid February. “I have got him as my third ranked corner. I think he’s a first round talent. He’s long, he tackles, he has ball skills. I think the key for him is what he runs that 40 in. If he comes in as a sub four, five, I think he’s a first round lock.”

Fuller just so happened to run a 4.49 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, so Mayock has since been able to check that box next to his name.

Also back in February, Mayock said he thought Fuller would be a good fit for the Pittsburgh Steelers at 15th overall.

“Kyle Fuller makes a lot of sense for what they do and how they do it,” said Mayock.  “He plays a lot like the kid [Keenan Lewis] they lost to New Orleans as a free agent. Fuller makes a lot of sense.”

The Steelers were reportedly scheduled to host Fuller for a pre draft visit last week, so we assume that meeting actually took place even though it was never confirmed by the local media.

Last season, Fuller was credited with two interceptions, 10 pass breakups and 24 total tackles in 10 games played.

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  • steeltown

    I like Fuller more than almost every other CB, I think him and Dennard are about equal in my book, but the draft wont play out that way. I think Fuller might end up being the 4th or 5th CB taken somewhere between Roby and Verrett in the late 1st /early 2nd range

  • Tullydew

    Fuller is the best DB for the Steelers. Glad to see some of the draftniks getting on the bandwagon finally.

  • 804Stiller

    Dang, drafting a clone of a player you lost a year ago……..Man, the ebbs and flows of the NFL. It would be sweet if we could trade back and still land this kid.

  • AndyR34

    How could anyone be AGAINST Fuller @15 if the FO agrees with Mayock? I can’t pretend to know more than they do. He seems to be a fit in my eyes…as poor as they are. LOL

  • dkoy85

    He’s my favorite CB. I’m very excited to see how this draft plays out.

  • dkoy85

    I know you’re a big Tuitt fan. Could you imagine a trade back to grab Fuller and to be lucky enough to have Tuitt fall into the 2nd round and is there for our 2nd pick or trade up to grab him? I’m really starting to think this is my ideal situation for this draft. Trade back for Fuller and trade up for Tuitt.

  • cencalsteeler

    This scenario is reminiscent of last season…. Do we take Lacy or Bell? I hope the brass hits on the cornerback gamble the way they did on the RB pick!

  • steeltown

    Fuller AND Tuitt would be awesome. If we got either of these kids I’d be happy, much less both

  • dgh57

    I see it as that we have three shots at a CB at 15 with Dennard, Fuller, Gilbert if their intentions are indeed a CB. One of them is bound to still be there!

  • grw1960

    Dave,……. Anyone ever hear if Fuller actually made a visit to the Steelers or not?
    Depending of course on on how the draft developes. I think the 3d CB taken in this draft will be no later than the Eagles pick at 22, I believe?

  • chris ward

    I’m a big fan of Kyle Fuller, for about the last month I have hopped on the Mike Mayock Fuller fan club. I think he fits the best with the Steelers, plays competitive and aggressive.

  • RW

    Couldn’t agree more. These two on defense would be incredibly helpful for years to come…

  • RW

    Make no mistake, he’s worlds better than Keenan Lewis was coming out of college.

  • joed32

    Mayock shuffles the cards around every week, if he didn’t no one would be following his picks. Stay tuned!

  • Chad H

    I’ve been high on Fuller through the whole evaluation process. I believe he may be the 1.15 targeted pick the whole time for the Steelers. I also think Shazier is on their draft board at 1.15 as well.

  • Steve

    If the FO tries hard with the 49ers this is possible. 49ers desperately want to move up so we will see if this happens. The Steelers hold the cards (15th pick) and they can get some extra picks if there smart.

  • Tullydew

    He has had the same order for the top DB since his original rankings. Dennard has been 1, Fuller 2 and Gilbert 3. This is the first time he has changed his order.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Keenan really wanted to play for his hometown Saints there’s no way the Steelers could compete with that. Good for him it worked out but I really like Fuller hope we can land him at 1.15 or if not make a trade move down and pick up additional picks

  • John21

    Amen! Fuller then Tuitt then Phillip Gaines then WR, OLB, NT, LB & TE

  • Steelers@2010

    Fuller will be ther at #15; the question is this, will the Steelers select him at #15?

  • Matt Manzo

    I really want Fuller and Shazier but not sure if the FO sees them as pick 15 guys?

  • westcoasteeler

    Then O. Beckham in the third? This is the exact list I keep shoving at my ouiga board.

  • steeltown

    Ha!

  • joed32

    Feb 17th

    1. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
    2. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
    3. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
    4. Jason Verrett, TCU
    5. Bradley Roby, Ohio State

    Mar. 3rd

    1. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
    2. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
    3. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
    4. Bradley Roby, Ohio State
    5. Jason Verrett, TCU

    Mar.31st

    1. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
    2. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
    3. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
    4. Bradley Roby, Ohio State
    5. Jason Verrett, TCU

    Apr 27th

    1. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
    2. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
    3. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
    4. Bradley Roby, Ohio State
    5. Jason Verrett, TCU

    In none or these does he keep the order the same, he changes the names around with every new list.

  • Donny Simmons

    Beckham will be long gone but if we can get a additional 2nd I like Fuller, Tuitt or Nix & Moncrief

  • westcoasteeler

    Yeah, I joke but 1Dennard/Fuller, 2.Tuitt #3 has to be a wide receiver and a good one.

  • Steelers@2010

    Beckham in the 3rd? Dude, Beckham will be gone by the end of the 1st RD.

  • Steelers@2010

    I haven’t watched any film on this kid at all; do you really think Fuller is worthy of a top 20th pick? I know the Steelers need help at CB, you don’t think they would be reaching if they took him that high?

  • PoKey21

    I Say we go CB in the 2nd. Steelers have the what 47th pick? I’d say out of Gilbert, Roby, Denard, Fuller, and Vereet that one makes it to 48. Any of them would be good enough to contribute. Go WR, DL, or LB in the 1st.

  • Douglas Andrews

    As much as i’d like to see a WR become our 1.15 pick I hope we go Defense the first 2 rounds and then grab a WR with the 3rd round comp pick. Hopefully Fuller’s name gets called for the 1.15 pick. Our defense needs an upgrade in the defensive backfield.