Kyle Fuller

Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller celebrates an interception against North Carolina. (Robert Willett, MCT / October 5, 2013)

As their parents and other family members watched intently and cheered them on, Kyle Fuller and Corey Fuller were recently racing toward the finish line at the Woodlawn track alongside their brothers, Kendall Fuller and Vincent Fuller.

A speedy Detroit Lions wide receiver who ran track at Kansas before transferring to Virginia Tech, Corey Fuller edged Kyle Fuller with a strong final kick.

A few minutes later, Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller won by a nose in an extremely close photo finish that had the Fuller family reviewing the video players on their cell phones.

With four extremely fast siblings racing for fun and bragging rights, it was an unofficial Fuller Olympics.

It was a proud and fun moment for parents Vincent Fuller Sr. and Nina Dorsey-Fuller, who have  already sent Corey Fuller and Vincent Fuller to the NFL with Kyle Fuller on deck to join them as a potential first-round draft pick. Kendall Fuller, the youngest brother, was a freshman All-American last season who intercepted six passes for the Hokies.

"We're very proud of all of their accomplishments," Vincent Fuller Sr. said. "This is where it all started for them. They put in the time on this track and football field. They all have a lot of talent, but they all have a strong work ethic and character.

"Without that, the talent and the speed doesn't matter. They know that you have to put in the time every day to get what you want out of football and life. That's what makes you proud."

Kyle Fuller boosted his draft stock during a strong NFL scouting combine in February where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds with a  38.5-inch vertical leap, a 10-8 broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds a dozen times.

Now, he's in the midst of a busy travel schedule that a league source said includes official visits with the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets and Denver Broncos. He also has private workouts with the Colts and Carolina Panthers.

Most draft analysts rank Fuller as the third-best cornerback behind Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard and Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert. If he doesn't go in the first round, he's expected to be an early second-round selection.

"I would love to go in the first round -- that's definitely something I've set a goal for," he said. "I'm excited about how everything is going. I just want to continue to be successful. I'm staying focused and working hard. It means a lot to be able to do this and to have my family share the experience with me.

"I'm very competitive, especially with my brothers. That's helped me to get to where I am now. We always want to be better than the next guy, no matter how fast we are or how many plays we make. All the way back to when I was eight years old, we always loved football, going in the backyard and always wanting to play."

A four-year starter for the Hokies who was named a Walter Camp second-team All-American and a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, Kyle Fuller has an opportunity to become the highest-drafted Fuller yet.

Corey Fuller went in the sixth round last year to the Lions. Vincent Fuller was selected in the fourth round in 2005 by the Tennessee Titans before playing seven seasons in the NFL and finishing with 162 career tackles and seven interceptions.

"This is Kyle's time," said Vincent Fuller, 31, who was able to keep pace with his younger brothers during the sprints. "He's worked so hard for this moment and these opportunities. He deserves everything that's coming his way. We can't wait to see who drafts him. Wherever he goes, you know that he's going to continue to be successful."

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