Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller is regarded as a first-round talent and a lock to be drafted during the first round provided that he runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.4-second range, according to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock.
"The Fuller kid, I really like, I think he can flat-out play," Mayock said during a conference call Tuesday. "I just want to see what he runs. I think he's long. He tackles. He's got ball skills."
The Mount St. Joseph graduate and Baltimore native plans to conduct a full workout with every test and drill at the NFL scouting combine this week, according to his agent, Greg Barnett.
Fuller is coming off sports hernia surgery in November and pulled out of the Senior Bowl all-star game as he continued to rehabilitate from his injury. Fuller's 40-yard dash times have been in the 4.45 range during previous testing at Virginia Tech.
Fuller is the third-rated player at his position by Mayock behind Michigan State cornerback Daqueze Dennard and Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert, grading him ahead of Texas Christian cornerback Jason Verrett and Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby.
Fuller was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team coaches selection last season, finishing with 24 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass deflections last season. He was named a second-team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation.
Fuller's oldest brother, safety Vincent Fuller, played in the NFL for the Tennessee Titans and Detroit Lions. Another older brother, wide receiver Corey Fuller, plays for the Lions.
Kendall Fuller, Kyle Fuller's younger brother, was a freshman All-American last season and the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year last season. He led Virginia Tech with six interceptions.