Keep hearing the #Eagles love, love -- did I say, "love?" -- Va. Tech CB Kyle Fuller. Problem is he probably won't last until No. 22.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) May 7, 2014
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed McLane's report and stated the Steelers (who are picking at No. 15) also like Fuller. McLane agreed with Rapoport's sentiment.
@RapSheet Yep, I don't have him getting past 15— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) May 7, 2014
Why this makes sense
Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, and Nolan Carroll are all expected to compete for starting jobs on the outside in 2014. With that said, I'm not sure how much they are in the team's future plans. Williams could be a cap casualty after the season is over. Fletcher will be an unrestricted free agent. And Carroll will be on the last year of an inexpensive deal. The Eagles need a future answer on the outside with Brandon Boykin seemingly destined to remain as the NFL's best slot cornerback.
Fuller makes a lot of sense because he fits what the Eagles like out of their cornerbacks: tall, long, and physical. Not to mention that the Eagles haven't been shy about their interest in him. Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis reportedly introduced Fuller to Chip Kelly when they both attended Virginia Tech's pro day. Then there's this as well:
Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis all over Kyle Fuller/CB/Virginia Tech at pro-day....— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 19, 2014
Why this doesn't make sense
For those who are fans of the "smoke screen", maybe this rumor is just a misdirection tactic. Maybe the Eagles really want a wide receiver, or just a different cornerback.
The Eagles have good reasons to like Fuller. This one seems to make sense. I'm just not so sure he'll be available when they're on the clock. Mike Mayock ranked Fuller as his number one corner in the draft last week. He also called Fuller one of his most favorite prospects from this draft class.