Bears take CB Kyle Fuller with No. 14 pick

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After a 2013 campaign in which their defense faltered when the NFC North title was there to be won, the Bears spent free agency trying to fix the problem, signing defensive ends Jared Allen, Lamarr Houston and Willie Young and adding a host of new faces at safety.

And the Bears’ efforts to strengthen the defense continued Thursday, with the club selecting Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller with the No. 14 overall pick in Round One.

Fuller (5-11, 190) made 41 starts in four seasons for Virginia Tech, intercepting six passes. He is the brother of Corey Fuller and Vincent Fuller, both of whom had NFL careers.

At the least, Kyle Fuller figures to see playing time right off the bat in “sub” packages for Chicago, which has Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman among its top options at corner. In the longer term, Fuller could be the replacement for the 33-year-old Tillman, who signed through 2014.

The Bears’ next pick comes in Round Two (No. 51 overall). And it would not be a surprise if another defensive player was added to the mix in Chicago, which paid the price for poor defensive play a season ago.

38 responses to “Bears take CB Kyle Fuller with No. 14 pick

  1. I think they should have taken Pryor or Clinton-Dix, since safety is there biggest need, Fuller is a worthy successor to Peanut. But I have a feeling the Rams ruined the Bears’ party by going with Donald at #13.

  2. I’ll have to trust Emery on this one. Haven’t looked into Fuller to much. His stats and highlight clip looked pretty good, though.

    Sucks Donald went one pick before us.

  3. Wow, I called this one right (I never get Bears picks right). The fact he can play both spots probably vaulted him ahead of the two “pure” safeties.

  4. Wonder if they will play him at safety this year while Peanuts runs out his final season.

    Kid looks like he can play either role, especially with what is on the roster now.

  5. Sounds like he’s a great locker room guy too. No doubt that matters to the Bears.

  6. Smart move. Peanut aging and injury might slowed him down, Fuller can step up. Bears take safety in round 2.

  7. Not sure what to think about this. I like Fuller and think he’s going to be a decent NFL CB, but, the Bears needed to take a player in the first rd. who is going to be on the field from day one. I would rather have seen them grab Calvin Pryor at safety and upgrade their defense with him. Nonetheless, the upside here is, Fuller get’s to be mentored by one of the best CB’s in the NFL in Charles Tillman.

  8. I had hoped they’d trade down… But Detroit messed things up going with the TE that the NYG were going to take… So they take the WR the Jets wanted and there went a trading partner (I think Fuller would have gone to the Steelers) but then the Bears could have taken Pryor and got maybe an extra 3rd round pick. I still think they need to get a couple extra picks so they can take a couple offensive players, too. There is no depth at the offensive skill spots.

  9. Another point to make regarding Fuller’s playing time this season. He’ll no doubt be their DB in their nickel package and will get valuable experience there. Plus, there’s a good chance Peanut Tillman doesn’t play every snap with the injuries becoming more frequent. Fuller will be getting some great on the job training for sure.

  10. I wonder what Trestman thinks of Johnny Manziel. Would the Bears have given Cutler the contract if they knew Johnny Football would have fallen to them?

  11. I’m just glad they didn’t take Dix. We don’t need any more safeties who “don’t do anything special”, especially in the first round.

  12. Fuller looks like a good player but is he even gonna play this year? Top 15 picks should not be bench warmers. The Bears needed Aaron Donald a hell of a lot more than they needed a CB but once the Rams screwed that plan the Bears were forced to go DB and apparently Emery felt Fuller was better than any of the safeties.

  13. I don’t think the DL is in bad a shape as the defensive backfield. I can’t argue with taking the best DB Emery had ranked. I think Matt Bowen pointed out there are 3 CBs on the field 70% of the time – so he’s going to play.

  14. Shut up about manziel he sucks and doesn’t deserve to be called Johnny football. Fuller wads great pick wish Donald was on the board though dang rams

  15. Good pick. He can come up for run support and cover big receivers and TEs like Ebron. Like a Calvin Pryor with better coverage. Diamond in the rough!

  16. First of all, I am not arguing the pick. I don’t hate Cutler, but I’m just not sure he will ever be a guy who can win the Super Bowl. It’s a fair question to wonder what “The QB Whistler” would do with Manziel…

  17. The Bears just just got the STEAL of the draft in Kyle Fuller….

    Signed,

    A seriously jealous 49ers fan

  18. The worst part of this move is that all the good safeties – even guys who were supposed to go in the 2nd. round – got taken late in the first. So now we’re screwed at safety.

    Nothing against Fuller, he’ll likely be a stud CB down the road, but he was less of a need this year.

  19. Not a bad move, Emery had to make a quick choice after Arnold went to a team going no where in that division. I think, overall, Fuller was a better pick than Ha Ha, the same as Allen is a better DE over Peppers…..smart move.

  20. Pryor is a great hitter, but supposedly lacks pass coverage skills and that is huge in the NFC Central . Dix is good , but is said not to do “anything special”. Fuller will see time either as the 3rd CB or maybe even as the FS, and will replace Peanut when he leaves . Good CB’s don’t grow on trees and in the NFC Central, a solid 3rd CB is essential . He can play that this year and be the starter next year

  21. Booooo! Fuller was rated as the 28th-32nd BPA… and the Bears take him at #14? With Mosley, HHCD and Pryor available? Smells like another ‘McClellin’ pick to me. Now all of the top safeties are gone and all of our safeties are bench warmers. The thought of another year of Conte starting disgusts me.

  22. It appears the Bears are going to play some sort of weird hybrid coverage scheme this year consisting of 3 CBs and only one true safety. Which is good because other than the FA they signed from the Giants this offseason, the other safeties on their roster are all garbage.

  23. Booooo! Fuller was rated as the 28th-32nd BPA… and the Bears take him at #14? With Mosley, HHCD and Pryor available? Smells like another ‘McClellin’ pick to me. Now all of the top safeties are gone and all of our safeties are bench warmers. The thought of another year of Conte starting disgusts me.

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    Don’t be quick judge. All those mock drafts and ratings don’t mean anything until the season starts and we see these kids play.

    It’s our 1st pick, we have 3 more days of draft picks and improving the secondary was a HUGE upgrade, don’t be so pessimistic. Could be worse, what if Angelo was still the GM and Lovie the Coach…..

  24. At first, I had some reservations. I thought like a lot of posters that we needed S over CB. But, in doing some reseatch:

    1. Several draft sites had him as the #1 CB. Several others had him #2 CB.
    2. If the Bears had dropped down four to six slots, he’d have been gone. Many mock drafts had him going to Tennessee or Pittsburgh.
    3. Even if he is #3 CB on the depth chart, the nickel D is out there 45% of the time or more.
    4. While S is still an issue, the other upgrades on D will cover that up some.
    5. As I posted before, the D doesn’t have to be top 10 or top 12 this year. Just better than the suckfest that was out there last year. Barring catastrophic injuries, this should be an improved unit.

    Be interesting to see what tonight yields – maybe drafting a CB who they do convert to safety, like the kid from Nebraska or that giant from Utah.
    Maybe a DT with size (310+). Maybe surprise people and go with a RB or TE.

  25. To follow-up, Here’s a post from a scouting website regarding the Bears taking him at #14:

    From a value standpoint, this is about right for where Fuller was expected to go and scheme-wise, Fuller is a much better fit for the Bears than a guy like Justin Gilbert. All-around, a very solid pick.

  26. As much as the Bears need a safety, value is going to dictate they go DT in the 2nd than safety. They still have some work to do at that position and unless there is a ridiculous run on DTs at the top of the round, there will still be guys who can start there for the Bears from Day One. At safety, OTOH, we are now down to that next tier of guys who are probably 3rd or 4th round values at best.

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