2nd in a Series; Ten Most Important Bears in 2014.....Kyle Fuller

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    The 10 Most Important Bears of 2014 - #9 Kyle Fuller

    By Lester A. Wiltfong Jr.@wiltfongjr on Jul 9 2014, 1:00p 12
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    Brian Kersey

    For the 6th straight year, I'm bringing you whom I believe will be the ten most important Chicago Bears for the upcoming season. After going with a 2nd year pro at #10, I'm going with a rookie at #9. Corner Kyle Fuller is my 9th Most Important Bear.

    When Kyle Fuller was picked by the Chicago Bears at 14th overall it raised a few eyebrows. Some were surprised he was selected that high, while others were surprised the Bears passed on a safety. I fell in the second group, because the top two safeties on the board were both there for the taking and I viewed safety as a higher priority than corner.

    I also viewed defensive tackle as a higher priority, but once DT Aaron Donald went at 13, my mind immediately raced to Chicago GM Phil Emery picking a safety.

    I quickly came around on Fuller because he was in the handful of top corner prospects available. Where he ranked varied throughout the numerous scouting reports I read on the position. Fuller's physicality and length really stood out for me and that was a big sticking point for the Bear scouts too. Fuller may not have the gaudy numbers of some of the other prospects, or the blazing 40 time, but he was a really good football player at Virginia Tech that did everything very well. He should be a very good player for the Bears.

    The coaches are throwing the rookie right into the mix at defensive back. It was reported early on that Fuller will come in with the nickle package to play outside while starting corner Tim Jennings kicks inside to nickle. I wonder if this will change at all if teams bring out a taller slot receiver. Fuller has four inches on the 5'8" Jennings.

    Fuller played all over the field in college, so it wouldn't be new for him to cover a sot receiver. For more on Fuller's versatility you can check out this piece I wrote back in May after the Bears drafted him.

    You may pooh-pooh the notion of a rookie being one of the ten most important Bears this season, but we're talking about a rookie that was drafted to play immediately. This isn't a Shea McClellin situation where he's picked to develop while backing up, this was a need situation.

    Kyle Fuller, even if he only plays during nickle packages, will be on the field for about half the defensive snaps. Playing in a division with top flight passing offenses like the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions adds to the nickleback's importance. Even the Minnesota Vikings may be more pass happy under new offensive coordinator Norv Turner.

    Getting better production from the 3rd corner is a must for 2014. Last years nickle Isaiah Frey played in all 16 games and he didn't register an interception, a fumble recovery or a forced fumble. He also only had one pass defended according to NFL.com.

    Then there's the Charles Tillman question. Hopefully last year's injury plagued season was an anomaly, but if his body is breaking down, then Fuller could be pressed into a starting role.

    What are you expecting from Kyle Fuller in 2014?
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    Again with thanks to our friends at WCG here's installment number two. Kyle Fuller


    I don't want to put anymore pressure on a rookie 1st round pick than I know he's already gonna have but in this case for both myself and most Bears fans Kyle Fuller is gonna be under a microscope this season and I hope he's prepared for it.

    As the author points out if the highest priority going into the draft was DT then a FS wasn't very far behind. In fact probably close enough to be considered potential for a read end collision once Aaron Donald was taken right before our pick. Yet Emery ignored both Pryor and Dix who were still on the board and took the CB Fuller instead and took him over players who had ranked higher pre-draft. Gutsy move Mav.....um Phil.

    So even though we needed a young CB that pick left us without what most Bears fans feel is a front line Safety to start in what was obviously one of our weaker positions last year. So not only is Fuller gonna be in a hot spotlight this year but so will Emery due to this pick. I think it's either gonna be a genius move like Kyle Long was or were gonna end up somewhat disappointed that we spent a first round pick again on a not ready for prime time player like we did with McClellin.

    We all know that playing opposite Tillman and with Jennings in the slot Fuller is gonna get picked on a lot by every QB we face. Personally I think the kid is gonna be up to the challenge and more like with Long than with McClellin we're all gonna end up pleased with how he played as a rookie. Without a doubt we needed a young CB in the mix just because of Tillman, Hayden, and Jennings ages and we probably still need one more but if Fuller is all he's advertised to be at least it's only one more we need eventually and not two.

    I have a hunch that Fuller is and will turn out to be a more impactful player for the Bears than either Safety would have been and I'm 100% convinced we would never have gotten as game ready at CB in round four as we did taking Fuller in one. I'm just as satisfied right now with Vereen as our Safety prospect as I would have been with Dix or Pryor. I think we actually got two of the right guys for us.
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    Around the league, rookie CBs are asked to step in and play. Most time they do not do well in their first year. The position is one that is tough to step into, but I like the fact that they are Not going to have him play the slot position, his future is as one of the corners.

    Hope we can grow this kid into the next Tillman and have him retire as a Bear after multiple championships :)
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    One advantage that he has is having guys like Tillman, Jennings and Hayden who have faced the best WRs in the league and can pass along info that will help Fuller understand how to play them. The other advantage is that as long as he's up to Peanut always draws the other guys number one WR so that takes a little of the heat off Fuller year one.

    Despite the fact that he looks kind of skinny Fuller doesn't seem to back down from anyone, even a RB turning upfield with a head of steam. He's also a very good blitzer and I'd love to see us using that against a few teams instead of watching it being used against us. I also like his pedigree. He comes from and NFL family and much like Kyle Long that seems to be a good thing. Those guys seem to mature faster because they know that lay of land before they even arrive.

    Let's hope the kid gets some votes for DROY.
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    Another nice advantage is he practices against our WR everyday who are generally considered in the top 3 duo's in the league. Thus he practices against better players than he will be asked to guard come gametime.
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    Yeah and that's what I like about our OLine too. Bushrod and Mills going against Allen and Houston and the two toughest mofos, Long and Ratliff bumping heads. I expect to see some sparks flying every once in a while just like in the OTAs. And they weren't even in pads then. Just wait, LOL.
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