The Eagles secondary could stand to get younger and build for the future. While the Eagles have added Malcolm Jenkins and Nolan Carroll in free agency, the team still needs to have youth to build around for the big picture. While Cary Williams, Brandon Boykin and Bradley Fletcher will likely continue to be the top three guys at the cornerback position, but it seems like safety will probably be up for grabs. Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller could be an interesting addition that could play in both spots.
A three-star recruit, Fuller accepted a scholarship to Virginia Tech over the likes of Duke, Maryland and Syracuse in 2010. He performed in the nickel defense as a true freshman and played in nine games (seven starts). He collected 32 tackles (four for loss), six pass breakups and a forced fumble. As a sophomore, Fuller played "whip" linebacker, nickel back and cornerback in 14 starts. He named to the All-ACC second team after producing 65 tackles (team-high 14.5 tackles for loss), 4.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
In his junior season, Fuller started all 13 games for the Hokies. He finished the year with 52 tackles (three for loss), two interceptions and five pass breakups. As a senior, played in nine games (eight starts) and named a first-team All-ACC selection by coaches. He missed the last four games and Senior Bowl due to a sports hernia. Still, he finished with 24 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups on the year.
Weight: 190 lbs
Arm Length: 32 7/8"
Hands: 9 3/8"
40: 4.49 seconds
Bench Press: 12 reps
Vertical Jump: 38.5 inches
Broad Jump: 128 inches
3 Cone: 6.90 seconds
Shuttle: 4.19 seconds
Fuller uses good technique in coverage and has very good body placement with the ball in the air. He can stay even in coverage and uses his size well. He is terrific on special teams as a blocker. He is long and has the ability to play safety and cornerback. He can play off and in better and is not afraid to play rough. He is a vocal leader on the field.
He is a bit slow for a cornerback and is not the most fluid athlete. He is an okay tackler but whiffs at times and will take poor angles. Fuller's long end speed is a bit of a question mark, which could make him better as a safety at the next level. He is also relatively lanky and could afford to add weight to his frame. He will consistently get beat against on the long ball against faster wide receivers.
The Eagles are in need of cornerback and safety depth and that's what Fuller presents. He is talented and is a very smart player with size. Chip Kelly and his staff will love him as leader and as a hybrid player. Fuller could be a good developmental cornerback and has a proven track record as a special teams player. He will need time but luckily has the ability to make himself useful in the meantime.