Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller aced an important test at the NFL scouting combine Tuesday, answering any lingering questions about his speed.
The Mount. St. Joseph graduate ran the 40-yard dash in 4.49 seconds officially. His unofficial times were 4.40.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has graded Fuller as a first-round draft pick provided that he ran in the 4.4 range.
In this Baltimore Sun article this week, Fuller said he wanted to run under 4.37 seconds, to beat the time his older brother, Detroit Lions wide receiver Corey Fuller, posted last year at the combine.
Though he didn't do that, this time should provide a boost to Fuller's draft stock. Fuller was 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. He has recovered from sports hernia surgery that limited him as a senior.
Fuller has been projected as high as the Pittsburgh Steelers' 15th overall pick of the first round. He's rated no lower than a second-round draft target and is the third-ranked cornerback by Mayock behind Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard and Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert.
"I would love to go in the first round, that's one of my goals," Fuller said Sunday afternoon. "All I can do is show what I can do. I can believe that I'm a first-round pick or whatever, but I'm not focused on that.
"I just have to do what I have to do. Whatever team takes me, I'll be happy to be with them. Just to continue to be one of those guys who's successful from Baltimore, it means a lot. All I can do is stay focused."