*Kendall Fuller

CB Virginia Tech

6', 197, #11

Simply The Best.

By TOM

He can be fierce coming up in run defense, especially when it's the QB. He does a nice job protecting the sideline, but will get over aggressive sometimes and give it up. He is not afraid of the rough stuff. He can be as physical as any WR in the run game. 

He is a tough sure tackler, who gets the bigger guys down. He is so good at coming in and out of coverage. He goes from Press to Off smoothly, and into faking Press ad bailing right before the ball is snapped. He will stay with outside technique for a quarter, and then sudden switch seamlessly into inside technique. 

He is rough and tough after the catch, and a good tackler after the catch. He is so twitchy in coverage. He can run with a WR and appear to change direction three or four times and end up in his pocket. I like him so much more in Press. But he can play off, and play it well. Another CB who really understands positioning, and what he is trying to do in coverage. He does a good job protecting the sideline when the RB goes off tackle.

He just didn't seem to do anything right this season. Even when he had great coverage they would make the catch if the QB threw it. Then he hurt is knee in one of the worst ways so he had to get micro fracture surgery. He can be so physical in coverage. He really knows how to use his hands and jams in the first five yards. When he gets his hands on the WR, and can swivel his hips off the jam and run with his to either side. 

Kendall Fuller after V-Tech Proday:

He has a lot of work to do to get ready for the Draft, but I like how he went to the V-Tech Proday to support his Teammates. "The main thing is to support those guys and make sure they’re doing the best that they can do," Fuller said. "I’m definitely frustrated because you want to be able to work out, but God has a plan and I’m waiting until I’m ready. I’m waiting to showcase that talent." I think he has NFL talent.

His problem is that we really don't know what he will be after the microfracture surgery. "The mindset I have is to focus on my training and things like that," he said. "I try to control everything that I can control. I haven’t talked to them as much. The only thing I talk about with coaches and scouts is when I’m going to get healthy. I haven’t talked with them too much about draft status and stuff like that." He was a top ten talent, and now he is a risk in the 2nd Round.

But he does have a leg up with three brothers who have played in the NFL, and they have been giving him advice. "Really just enjoy it," Fuller said about what they told him. "Talking to a lot of people, you’re trying to enjoy it. But at the same time you can’t wait until it’s over. Really, I’m taking it slow and enjoying it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’m trying to focus on doing that." So he knows the importance of showing the NFL what he can do.

So he is working hard to be able to do some kind of Proday before the Draft. "We plan on working out in front of the scouts before the draft," Fuller said. "Nothing is set in stone. Nothing is 100 percent. We’re just taking it day by day." So he knows how much is at stack with being too much of a mystery.

While he can't say for certain when he will be ready to play, he is working out on the field. "We really didn’t set a timetable," Fuller said. "We’re doing all the running and DB drills right now. I’m just waiting for that strength and power to come back. We don’t want to set a timetable because we don’t want to rush it. I’m just taking it day by day and waiting until I’m fully healthy." HE probably won't be fully healthy until training camp.

He injured it in September, and tried to play through the pain. "Kendall was very determined to compete for as long as he could with this injury," coach Beamer said. "While we are all disappointed that he is sidelined for the remainder of the season, we know Kendall will approach his rehab with a positive attitude and will continue to contribute to our team with his knowledge and leadership." He tore his meniscus in the Preseason, and was not at 100% when he went against Ohio State in the opening game. Then he missed the next game against ECU, and had surgery the Tuesday following that game.

The good news is that he had the knee surgery in September. So he will be a year away from the injury around the opening game of the 2016 NFL. "I can’t wait for it," Fuller said. "I’m definitely enjoying the process. I’m excited for the next step. I’m looking forward to it and I’m going to keep grinding." So he should be ready to contribute by then.

But his problem now is that we just don't know, and won't know how the surgery went until he runs. "I feel really good," he said. "Rehab and training have been going well. I’m feeling good and moving around a lot. I still don’t have that strength and power back in my leg. Whenever I get that, I definitely want to do my own little pro day workout before the draft. I’m really just taking it day by day and going along as we go." So you really have to watch Tape of him in 2014.

He is the wildcard in this Draft, because after he is Drafted he will still be a wildcard going into Preseason, and also the Regular season. Will he be ready. Will he push himself too much and reinjure the knee. Often the best advice for injury is patience. But NFL is clearly not the place for patience. He needs time to heal. He needs time to strengthen. He needs time to make his knee strong enough so he won't reinjure it two or three weeks into playing. That requires enormous patience. Something that the NFL isn't know for possessing. 

Fuller Vs Ohio State 2015:

To me this encapsulates the season fir Fuller. He has outside contain, but Thomas is going inside. He gets both hands up and jams him, but Thomas still gets his inside shoulder and makes the catch. He did everything right, and the big WR just walled him off and made the catch (:01). You get a great look at his his feet and hands working together in balance. He turns to his outside shoulder, and then watch how he is able to cut in front of the WR, but just can't get the ball (:12). This is so nice. watch the herky jerky movement as he runs and adjust to what the WR is doing (:24). The QB has no chance to throw the ball in there.

Here is in off. He takes the outside guy as the WRs twist (:31). He doesn't really have to do much. He waits for Miller, and then cuts over the middle. What could make him special on the next level is his natural inclination to cut in front of the WR. He doesn't just cut over the middle trailing the WR. HE cut in front of Miller to cut off the angle of the pass from Jones, and puts himself in position to intercept the ball if it is thrown (:41). He has outside contain. Watch the feet as he gets in front of Thomas, and then shifts outside and runs effortlessly sidesaddle next to Thomas (:52). He gets beat inside on the Post. But that happens when you have outside contain.

He does a nice job fighting off the block from the bigger Thomas, and protects the sideline from Elliot. And you don't want Elliot getting tot he sideline (1:09). They really coach him to keep outside contain. Thomas break immediately inside. Fuller follows, and ends up in position to make the tackle on Jones. He does a nice job taking down the huge Cardale Jones (1:20). And as you can see on the instant replay, he is very difficult to take down.

I love how fast he moves sideways down the field while watching the QB and WR, he just reminded me why I sometimes see Revis when he is in coverage. He sees Jones take off, and escorts him out of bounds (1:49). He goes up in press and then bails just before the snap. He takes inside leverage, and Thomas takes the sideline (2:01). He moves into deep off. He follows the WR as he goes inside to block on the option run (2:17). Watch Fuller fearlessly come up and take Jones out again.

Up in Press. Jones keeps it, and Fuller gets in position to make another tackle, but is Held by the WR (2:36). you can see he has outside contain again, and does a good job crossing the WR and forcing the shirt grab which should have been a flag (2:45). Up in Press. He has outside contain again. But he gets over aggressive and gives up the sideline (3:09). He is trailing Thomas, but it becomes obvious to both Jones is not going his way (3:20). You great a look at hi swiveling his hips to keep outside contain (3:39). Thomas tries to make a move, but he closes the gap and there is nothing there.

He can get so physical a the line. Watch the hand fight as he gets hammered by Thomas. Then gets off the block of the other WR, and tracks Jones down in the backfield  (3:47). He gets beat by the double move, but then recovers. But, he doesn't look back at the ball. If he had he would have intercepted it. You have to look back for the ball in the NFL (3:56). He did such a great job on Thomas all game. Then two quick plays where he makes two easy mistakes, and the game is taken away from him. This is the life of a CB (4:27). Thomas runs a stunningly great hitch and go, and Fuller falls for it. But it also looks like his knee wobbled a little. You could clearly see he was playing with that injury, and his knee got tired. So after shutting down Thomas all game. His knee gets tired, and he gives up a big play. Then he hurts his knee, and gives up a big TD. That was a courageous effort by Fuller. He had surgery on his knee a week and three days later.

Fuller Vs. Ohio ST 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GvZEe_ZkOw

2014 Bio, Which Is What You Really Want To Watch:

Fuller reminds me a lot of Revis at Pitt. Once he stepped on the field at VT he was the best corner on their team, like Revis was at Pittsburgh. "I'm hoping in a couple years, he's going to be the best one," Foster, a position coach at VT said. "He's a lot like Brandon Flowers, a lot like his brother. He's a little bigger, a little more physical, I think, than Kyle. So he's kind of in that line with Brandon, being a physical guy at the point of attack. But he has a great IQ." He garnered 6 INT, 11 PBU, and 58 tackles as a true freshman in 2013. When he steps onto the field next year in the NFL, he will be the best Corner on the team that drafts him, like Revis was in New Jersey:

2013-14A second-team All-ACC selection by both the coaches and ACSMA … The league’s defensive rookie of the year by both groups … A first-team freshman All-American by the FWAA, Sporting News, 247Sports and College Football News … Played in all 13 games, making 12 starts … Was in on 851 plays, 757 at corner and 94 more on special teams … Intercepted six passes and made 58 tackles in his first season … Made the start at corner in his collegiate debut, finishing the opener against Alabama with four tackles … Broke up the pass that led to a Detrick Bonner interception and touchdown, while also adding a pair of tackles and a hurry against Western Carolina … Made five tackles and broke up a pass at East Carolina … Added an interception to his seven tackles against Marshall … Made it back-to-back games with an interception, while also making three tackles at Georgia Tech … Broke up a pass and made five tackles in the win over North Carolina … Had three tackles, a break up and a hurry in the win over Pittsburgh … Made three interceptions, adding three tackles and a break up against Duke … Earned ACC co-Defensive Back of the Week honors for his play against Duke… Had six tackles at Boston College … Totaled three tackles in the win at Miami … Made eight tackles, also forcing and recovering a fumble against Maryland … Had an interception and four break ups, while helping lead the team with eight tackles at Virginia … Named ACC Defensive Back for his play against Virginia … Had two tackles in the Sun Bowl … Earned the Don Williams TEAM UNITED Award (player who puts the team first during spring workouts) for the defense at the end of the spring session.

I don't know if he is Revis smart, so he might not reach that level. "Kendall has a gifted skill set, and he's so smart mentally," Gray, his position coach at VT, said. "But he's going to continue to get smarter mentally if he's able to still slow the game down more." Revis is known as one of the smartest player in the NFL, and is even compared to QBs for his football intelligence. Kendall seems to be a similar plane as all his coaches keeping talking about his smarts, and his intelligence does show up on film.

He is a smart kid who comes from a good family. "We’ll sit down and talk about it," the HC of VT said about Fuller going to the NFL after this season. "Again, he’s smart about his things. The best thing he can do now to help his value is to play great. So preparation, playing. If you’re going to be a first-round draft choice and can make quite a bit of money, that’s a thing that I think you need to take advantage of. If you need to come back and improve your stock a little bit, that’s the way to go. The thing with him too is he’s got such a great mom and dad. There’s a lot of good common sense in that family and making decisions in that family. So they're going to make the right decision for them and the right decision for him will be the right decision for Virginia Tech." So his coming out this year is really not a question. 

Last season he was even better. He played with a bum wrist last season, and said he 100% recovered from surgery to repair his broken wrist, and has even started power cleaning again. But he still needs to add some consistency. "I think last year at times, I would get too lazy and give up a play," Fuller said. "Coach Foster and Coach Gray, they always talk about if you get 'laxed up,' one play can cost you the game. So just being tuned into every single play and just try not to give up too many plays." Yet he still garnered 2 INT (as teams stopped throwing his way), 15 PBU, 1 FF, 4.5 TFL, and 54 tackles, despite playing with a broken wrist that required surgery in the off season.

2014-15Helped lead the Hokies with five tackles, also adding a sack and a break up in the opener against William & Mary … Broke up two passes and made five tackles in the win at Ohio State … Had four break ups and made two tackles against East Carolina … Finished the Georgia Tech game making two tackles and breaking up two passes … Had three tackles and break up against Western Michigan … Returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown, and added four tackles and two break ups at North Carolina … Was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his performance at North Carolina … Made five tackles and broke up a pass at Pitt … Had five tackles against Miami and Boston College … Made two tackles in the win at Duke … Had five tackles and a break up at Wake Forest … Made seven tackles in the win over Virginia … Had an interception and four tackles in Tech’s Military Bowl win over Cincinnati … Had offseason wrist surgery for a fracture he played with most of the season.

It is amazing how consistently he gets a hand on the ball when the QB throws to his man. He will line up at FS sometimes. He has great feet. He can stumble in coverage, and recover and regain position so the QB can't go his way. He will hop back sometimes to stay in the way of the WR to slow the pattern down. He does seem to come up strong in run defense when the QB scrambles. He can fight through a physical block down field by the WR, and make the tackle on the RB on a long run. He can be very aggressive in the run game, but mostly he isn't. Mostly he moves backwards like a FS playing the last line of defense, which may have been a result of his wrist. Because when they run to his side, he can attack like a guided missile, and when he misses the RB he can wipe out multiple blockers.

He is an elite quick twitch athlete with great recovery speed. Great snap in his hips when he turns to run with the WR. His hips are so sudden you can't always see them turn. He is moving backwards and then instantly moving sideways down the field right in the WR's shirt. He is so good at meeting the WR where the ball arrives. That is just something you cannot teach. He is the best CB in this Draft at the end of patterns to prevent the completion. He is also just as good in finesse-press, like Revis, and Off coverage.

Fuller Vs Ohio State 2014:

I love the way he moves on the field. Backwards, forwards, or shuffling sideways in coverage it doesn't matter, he is an elite mover on the field. He has the best feet in college football for flying backwards down field in coverage. He plays Off as well as press. He will line up a few yard off the WR, and get a nice jam/grab in and then run with the WR with his arms out wide covering him.

He plays special teams, big surprise for a VT CB, and is an excellent kick blocker. He also is a good up blocker on punt returners. He will also return short punts as the up man on the return team. He got 120 snaps on special teams last season, and 94 as a true freshman.

He gets on a WR's hip and skies up and knocks the ball down. He does a good job tracking the ball on deep passes.  Plays more off, and plays a lot of side shuffle as a VT boundary corner. He is the best Off-Corner I've seen in college since Joe Haden at FLA.

Anticipates passes out on the edge, and can attack and hop in front of the WR and get his ands on the ball. I love how he shuffles backwards with his eyes on the QB. He spots the ball in air quickly, and is great at the end of patterns, and has that knack for getting his hands on the ball at the end of patterns (2:17). He gets a little high is his pedal. He does not look as smooth moving straight sideways as shuffling sideways.

Hops back sometimes and shows that quick twitch suddenness turning and running that a CB has to have. No trouble angling his pedal to a 45-degree angle to match the breaking inside or outside WR. He plays so well in balance that he can get in a nice chuck on the WR while moving backwards at full speed. He will get beat when he gets over aggressive, and the WR bails on his pattern because the QB had to flee the pocket.

Fuller Vs. Ohio ST 2014.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RefXZsMzrew

 

 

Fuller Vs UNC:

He does a good job staying in front of the ball carrier down field, but moves backwards too much. When he moves forward he can be a wrecking ball against the run, but he doesn't do it consistently. He is so nifty moving backwards on the goal line in coverage. Gets his hands up and inside the pads nicely while moving backwards. He comes from great genes. He has brothers, cousins, and Bears all over the NFL, oh my. He has two brothers in the NFL, and a third brother who is his teammate at VT. 

He has such great feet moving backwards as the WR zigs-zags down field trying to juke him. CB is a reactive position, and his ability to instant change direction in reaction to the WR juking down field can really be special. He can look like Revis changing direction with a WR, and reaching out to grab him as he stays in front of him with his feet.

He has no trouble running with speed down the sideline. He can read the WR when he puts his hands up, and leap up and knock the ball down. He is elite at the end of patterns. He will get called for Pass interference sometimes, because he doesn't look back at the ball when he looses sight of the QB, and he is always right in the WR pocket.

I love how he play Off against UNC like Joe Haden, and then showed some quick flashes of Revis playing press against Devin Smith and Ohio State. He ran with him better than any CB I saw last season, and you know that Smith was one of my favorite receivers in last years Draft. On one play he stuck to his outside shoulder short, when he usually stays on the inside shoulder, and when he turned to go Out, he ran into Fuller. That is not just great coverage that is extremely smart coverage. He knew the pattern before he ran it. He likes to get his inside hand on the WR's shoulder pads, and can be extremely physical when the WR body blocks the view of the ref, and then turns and leaps in front of the WR to knock the ball down. He is just so smart. And he is the best CB in this Draft at the end of patterns.

He is so good at getting in front of the WR and shading him off the ball. He did such a great job against Ohio State that he slowed the WR down enough so the FS could intercept the ball. He was a true shutdown Corner in college last year. Great speed on Corner Blitz. He blitzed twice against Ohio State and got a Sack in the 4th quarter. It is amazing how consistently he gets a hand on a ball thrown to his man. Amazing!

Fuller Vs. UNC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uBXMBwDnQo

 

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Fuller's Official Bio:

 

2014 Second-Team All-American (Walter Camp, FWAA, Fox Sports and USA Today)
2014 Third-Team All-American (Associated Press and Athlon)
2014 First-Team All-ACC (ACSMA and Coaches)

2013 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year (ACSMA and Coaches)
2013 Second-Team All-ACC (ACSMA and Coaches)
2013 Freshman All-American

2014-15: A Walter Camp, Football Writers of America, USA Today and Fox Sports second-team All-America selection ... Named a third-team All-America by The Associated Press and Athlon ... A first-team All-ACC selection by ACSMA and the coaches … Named the state Division I defensive player of the year by The Roanoke Times … A first-team all-state selection by The Roanoke Times … Started all 13 games … Was in on 987 plays, 867 on defense and 120 on special teams … Had 54 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and two sacks … Recorded two interceptions, 15 pass breakups and a forced fumble … Helped lead the Hokies with five tackles, also adding a sack and a break up in the opener against William & Mary … Broke up two passes and made five tackles in the win at Ohio State … Had four break ups and made two tackles against East Carolina … Finished the Georgia Tech game making two tackles and breaking up two passes … Had three tackles and break up against Western Michigan … Returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown, and added four tackles and two break ups at North Carolina … Was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his performance at North Carolina … Made five tackles and broke up a pass at Pitt … Had five tackles against Miami and Boston College … Made two tackles in the win at Duke … Had five tackles and a break up at Wake Forest … Made seven tackles in the win over Virginia … Had an interception and four tackles in Tech’s Military Bowl win over Cincinnati … Had offseason wrist surgery for a fracture he played with most of the season.

2013-14: A second-team All-ACC selection by both the coaches and ACSMA … The league’s defensive rookie of the year by both groups … A first-team freshman All-American by the FWAA, Sporting News, 247Sports and College Football News … Played in all 13 games, making 12 starts … Was in on 851 plays, 757 at corner and 94 more on special teams … Intercepted six passes and made 58 tackles in his first season … Made the start at corner in his collegiate debut, finishing the opener against Alabama with four tackles … Broke up the pass that led to a Detrick Bonner interception and touchdown, while also adding a pair of tackles and a hurry against Western Carolina … Made five tackles and broke up a pass at East Carolina … Added an interception to his seven tackles against Marshall … Made it back-to-back games with an interception, while also making three tackles at Georgia Tech … Broke up a pass and made five tackles in the win over North Carolina … Had three tackles, a break up and a hurry in the win over Pittsburgh … Made three interceptions, adding three tackles and a break up against Duke … Earned ACC co-Defensive Back of the Week honors for his play against Duke… Had six tackles at Boston College … Totaled three tackles in the win at Miami … Made eight tackles, also forcing and recovering a fumble against Maryland … Had an interception and four break ups, while helping lead the team with eight tackles at Virginia … Named ACC Defensive Back for his play against Virginia … Had two tackles in the Sun Bowl … Earned the Don Williams TEAM UNITED Award (player who puts the team first during spring workouts) for the defense at the end of the spring session.

High School: Played for Coach Bob Milloy at Our Lady of Good Counsel … A PARADE First-Team All-American as an athlete … A U.S. Army All-America Game selection … A second-team All-American by MaxPreps … The Gatorade State Player of the Year in Maryland … The U.S. Army All-American Defensive Player of the Year … Listed as the No. 9 overall prospect in the country, the No. 2 cornerback in the nation and the No. 1 prospect in Maryland by Rivals … Ranked as the No. 21 player in the country by PrepStar … Ranked as the No. 1 player in the area of Maryland/D.C./Delaware/West Virginia in SuperPrep’s preseason issue … Ranked as the No. 31 player in the country, the No. 3 cornerback in the country and the No. 2 player in his state by 247Sports … Listed as the No. 3 cornerback in the country by Scout … Ranked as the No. 5 cornerback in the country, the No. 3 player in his region and the No. 1 player in the state by ESPN Recruiting Nation … Rated as the No. 55 overall player in the country and the No. 3 cornerback by MaxPreps … A member of the ESPN150, ranked 18th … Participated in the Gridiron Kings and The Opening … A preseason SuperPrep All-American … The All-Met Offensive Player of the Year, as named by The Washington Post … Had 44 receptions for 695 yards and seven touchdowns, including three in the WCAC championship game against rival DeMatha … First-team All-WCAC … Had three interceptions, eight pass breakups and 28 tackles, including a sack, as teams shied away from his side most of the season … An All-Met selection at defensive back as a junior. 

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