Although he was limited to 24 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass deflections during an injury-plagued senior year, Fuller registered 52 tackles and two interceptions as a junior. He was even more active as a sophomore with 65 tackles, 14.5 for losses, 4.5 sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

Fuller can cement his status as a potential high draft pick if he proves that he has the requisite speed.

That's a question that NFL teams want answered, according to former NFL scout Russ Lande.

"Teams do question if Fuller has the deep speed," said Lande, a draft analyst. "They want to see if he's explosive when he's closing on plays in front of him and how he's going be able to handle those explosive receivers to be that front-line guy that teams want. They're trying to figure out if he has that top-end speed to stay with real elite receivers.

"If he works out well, I could see him in the first round because his tape is really good. When you watch him, you see ball skills and instincts. He has the pedigree and genetics coming from that type of family. And you know he knows how to work and that this is a business. I would bet he's one of the more prepared kids on the field and with business and life in general."

After so many years of racing his brothers for bragging rights around the track at Woodlawn High, Fuller could be one fast 40-yard dash away from providing a major boost to his draft status.

Regardless of whether he goes in the first round, Fuller is definitely expected to become the highest-drafted player in his family. Vincent Fuller was the Titans’ fourth-round draft pick in 2005, and Corey Fuller was selected by the Lions in the sixth round last year.

“I think it would be a dream come true,” Vincent Fuller said. “As a family, we love Kyle whether he’s a first-rounder or an undrafted free agent. For all of that hard to come to fruition, it would be fantastic.

“Baltimore high school football doesn’t get as much recognition for all the talent we put out, so this is huge. If Kyle’s ability gets recognized, it would provide more motivation for the younger kids. This is a special thing and we're very proud of him."

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