NFL Network Draft Analyst Says He’s Been Told Steelers Are Taking CB Kyle Fuller

Many of the major media draftniks still seem to be conflicted about where they believe Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller will be selected next week when the 2014 NFL Draft gets underway. However, one well respected and connected NFL Network analyst has heard that the Pittsburgh Steelers are seriously considering taking Fuller with the 15th overall selection.

During a Friday interview on The David Todd Show, Daniel Jeremiah revealed the latest he’s heard about the Steelers and Fuller.

“I’ll be honest with you, I talked with somebody the other day and we were talking about different teams, and what they were going to do, and he told me, ‘Hey, if your looking for Pittsburgh and what Pittsburgh’s going to do, I’m telling right now, they’re going to take Kyle Fuller,’ said Jeremiah. “That’s what some people in the league feel like, just how he fits with what they do and the needs they have, and that’s the name I was given.”

This, in my opinion, is very believable and I would be 100 percent on board with it if it winds up happening. For starters, Fuller’s play does indeed fit what the Steelers do on defense. In addition, he has a solid character, was a team captain at Virginia Tech and has an NFL bloodline.

Recently, NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock moved Fuller into the top spot of his cornerback rankings ahead of Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard. That move, however, really wasn’t overly surprising as Mayock has gushed over Fuller as far back as February during his first media conference call. At that time, Mayock called Fuller a “first-round talent.”

On Thursday, Mayock again heaped praise on Fuller during his last conference call with the media prior to the draft.

“Kyle Fuller is one of my favorite players in the whole draft,” Mayock said. “What’s interesting about the corners is that most of the personnel guys have [Bradley] Roby and [Justin] Gilbert as their highest rated corners just because they have better movement skills.

“Most of the coaches like Fuller and [Darqueze] Dennard because they’re better football players today. You know what you’re getting. Fuller is my No. 1 corner, first- round corner. He has it in his DNA. He can play on, off, he can play man or zone.”

I think there’s a good chance that both Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard could be off the board by the time the Steelers first-round pick rolls around. Surely one of them will be and if that’s the case, a pretty good 14 minute discussion might start in the Steelers draft war room.

While I like both Gilbert and Dennard, I really have a hard time saying that both are really superior to Fuller in the tape study that I’ve done on those three players. In fact, I think it comes down to system fits with all three of them as they really are that close.

While the Steelers reportedly did have Fuller in for a pre draft visit, there was never any report of head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert attending his Pro Day. Their apparent absence from that event is not a deal breaker, however, as they quite possibly could have put him trough a private workout after the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine took placewithout anybody knowing about it. In addition, he started 42 games at Virginia Tech and played in 50 total, so it’s not like they didn’t already know quite a bit about him.

I think there’s a good chance that the Steelers consider Fuller to be one of those “special players” that Colbert always talks about come draft time and I will not be surprised one bit if he winds up being their first round pick. In fact, I might be more surprised if he isn’t the pick at this point. It makes too much sense and Fuller certainly fits a need.

Fuller, who missed four games last season along with the Senior Bowl due to a sports hernia that ultimately required surgery, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds at theĀ combine where he also had a 38.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-8 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds a 12 times. He is also about to become the third Fuller brother to be drafted into the NFL, following wide receiver Corey Fuller and defensive backĀ Vincent Fuller.

  • Michelob

    I would be on board with this pick. I remember watching Virginia Tech’s game last fall against Georgia Tech (triple option) and they had Kyle Fuller playing inside, shooting gaps and blowing up option plays. Fuller really stood out that game seeing a cornerback play inside like a linebacker.

  • Caesar

    I’m ok with this.

  • Luke Shabro

    I like Fuller better than both Dennard and Gilbert. Very well rounded. Physical in run support. 15 isn’t too early if he works out. Double dip and take Keith McGill or Jaylen Watkins in the third

  • “A friend told me that a friend told him that…”

    Still, this works for me.

  • Josh Knepshield

    So basically this is a 3rd hand account of what the Steelers want to do in the draft. Still, I’m on board. If we could trade back with the Packers or Eagles and take Kyle Fuller it would make my year.

  • CW

    Isn’t this the same sort of hype about a cornerback we heard back when Ras-I Dowling had to be the Steelers first round pick or Aaron Williams with the Bills was the only way they could go in the first round with all the supposed insiders singing the same song about who the Steelers GM was zeroing in on.

    Personally I’d put more faith in Fuller being the last guy they’d select in the first after having someone say that is who they will select.

  • RW

    Still – I’d like him…


    With so many ‘experts’ now claiming he if the best in this class, does he make it to number 15?

  • Steelers@2010

    To be honest with you; I could care less if it’s Fuller, Gilbert or Dennard. I’ve been kind of high on Gilbert since the combine. He seems to have the most upside and he’s really good at returning Punts. However, this team hasn’t had a premier CB since the days of Rod Woodson, I just hope they get it right, finally get it right for a change. Sick of Colbert, Tomlin and Cowher who also drafted duds as well at the CB position. Just Get It Right!!

  • Aric Brown

    Id much rather have Dennard at 15 but if they can make a move back between 20-25 and grab Fuller im good with that

  • dkoy85

    My favorite player. Ideally they would trade back a few spots to get him but I’d be very happy with him at 1.15. Add Tuitt/Benjamin if they fall in the 2nd and thatd make my year.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    MY top corners in order are, Gilbert, Fuller, Dennard, Robey and Verrett, so I think fuller would be a great pick, but I would not get too hung up on Kevin’s 6-7 special players in any draft, as we took one of his 6 or 7 special player last year and all we got was an undersized olb that was slow, weak and couldn’t get to the qb. And to top it off will be pushing 30 by the time his rookie contract ends.

  • Ernest

    i would love to trade down but a lot of the teams that we could potentially trade down with are in the CB market. so trading down might be counterproductive if we are looking to pick up one top 4 CBs. I’ll be happy if Fuller makes it to us 15 b/c all this talk might incline other teams to leap frog us at 15 to pick the top 3 CBs.

  • Jollyrob68

    Tomlins favorite word. PEDIGREE

  • Big White

    The bottom line with Fuller or whomever we take at #1 and perhaps our #2 pick as well is ARE THEY READY TO PLAY DAY 1??? I can say yes with Ebron, Mosely, Lewan, Dennard, Gilbert, and a few others. I’m not sure we can say Fuller is a Day One starter and we do not have the luxury to develop guys for a few years, they must play and play well right now. Third & fourth round picks, yeah, but not 1st & 2nd. Nope.

  • dkoy85

    I think Fuller is more ready than any other CB. Replace Gilbert with Fuller. He’s very solid IMO.

  • scott2443

    dont tell any one but i heard the steelers cloned troy at age 21 and hes in the draft under a diff name and has very short hair so no one knows its him i was also told that head and shoulders all ready signed him so they can show a before and after photo…any way odds are it be a db as number 1 at 15

  • cencalsteeler

    Makes sense.
    1. Fuller
    2. Adams/ Landry

  • joed32

    He was talking to someone who told him who the Steelers would pick. If it wasn’t Colbert or Tomlin or Lake then they don’t know who the Steelers will pick. He’s just guessing like we are.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    hm, I’d have to go with “obviously” instead

  • Derick L Young

    only Mayock has him listed as his #1 from what I can tell. The rest have Gilbert and Dennard and some have even Roby rated higher than Fuller.

  • Derick L Young

    lol they got a few right

  • Derick L Young

    you are basing a lot on a rookie season… not the best way.

  • Derick L Young

    or “umm”

  • +1!!! I saw a vid of Fuller where he pulled a ‘Troy” by leaping head-first over the defensive line pre-snap…and he timed it perfectly to blow-up the play. I had to blink and shut my gaping mouth. I this a Troy-clone, I wondered?

  • Rob

    Ugghhh-this is an uninspired pick at 15. If we are determined to draft him and waste our first round pick on a average player, then least at least get more draft picks and make-up for it by getting better prospects in the 2nd and 3rd

  • Lewis

    Beast in the run, great tackler. I worry about his coverage on WR going deep, he’s often found trailing. I don’t like it at 15, maybe a trade down would be worth it. If he fell to the 2nd round then it’s a no brainer. Otherwise I think Verett in the 2nd would be a solid pick.

  • mlc43

    Mcshay had him as “his” 1 on SC but still had teams taking cbs ahead of him. Still…he considers him the no 1 cb and a couple others do as well.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I watched the same game and Fuller blew me away with his aggressiveness playing at the line of scrimmage also. Fuller at 1.15 would be a great fit for the Steelers with his good speed and ball skills.

  • Virdin Barzey

    This is a tough one. I think after watching all the film I could get, I’m in agreement that its going to be based on the perfect fit for these guys. The wrong fit can mean disaster for some.
    Additionally, I’ve said it before and its been well understood that the 15th pick for us is a going to be a pro-bowl type of player in the making.

    When I add these two things together, I get Fuller every time. I was thinking Dennard but I giving the nod to Fuller.

  • scott2443

    well there it is secrects out

  • Tom

    Sounds like an REO Speedwagon song…..

  • haha

  • patrick Mayfield

    a little harsh – I think weak is the only problem. With strength hopefully fixed and technique tuned up, he should hopefully be making it to the QB in good time.

  • patrick Mayfield

    We have a great deal of respect for obviously and obviously hold it in high regard and are big fans of the things obviously can do in a sentence.

  • Guest

    Personally, he might have to be traded up for a 13. I hope he falls to us though.

  • Ike Taylor was very good just ask Chad Johnson

  • I think it’s safe to say that whoever the pick is, Steeler Nation will be deeply, deeply divided. Unless it’s Evans maybe. (But it won’t be.)

  • Steelers@2010

    I agree, they haven’t totally missed, I was just venting. But they have definitely missed on more than they should have.

  • Steelers@2010

    I don’t think Fuller will last that long, he may not even make it to #20.

  • Steelers@2010

    Man, have you seen Robey play? He has a difficult time turning and locating the ball. He reminds me of Chad Scott, Dewayne Washington and Hank Poteat. I would pass on him, maybe the 3rd RD.

  • Derick L Young

    then he changed it because he did not always have it ranked that way. Fuller right before the Steelers ahhhhhhhhhhh!