With mock drafts becoming everyone’s favorite past time over the last few weeks, we’ve gone through the trouble of sorting who has a higher chance to be picked based on all of those mock drafts. These include looking at the most recent mocks from CBS, ESPN, Yahoo!, NFL.com, and some other mainstream outlets. We’ll be rolling one out per day for the San Francisco 49ers so check back each day for another one!
The two biggest needs for the San Francisco 49ers are wide receiver and cornerback, so it only makes sense that we take a closer look at some of these prospects. Our first one focuses on Kyle Fuller, a cornerback out of Virginia Tech who could make an immediate impact in the secondary.
He’s more-or-less defined as a guy who can cover well and make an impact on the passing game rather than the run game since his tackling ability leaves a bit to be desired although he is more than willing to help out. He is also considered a very aggressive corner and will jump routes in order to make plays. This fits well with a San Francisco defense that over the last few years has been near the top in forcing turnovers.
Fuller can also play both inside and outside at the corner position, making him a nice versatile pick as well. He is especially adept at playing zone and would fit better in that type of scheme.
Kyle Fuller would definitely be a great fit for the 49ers, especially considering their weakness at the corner position. I do have some concerns about his over-aggressiveness (Carlos Rogers anyone?), but if he can learn when and where to be use that aggressiveness in the passing game then he could be an asset.
Another weakness is his inability to tackle well, something that the 49ers have built their defense around. Like I said earlier he is a willing to help out, but is not the type to wrap a guy up. This in and of itself could be a deal-breaker for the coaching staff as to whether or not they want to go with him.
Still, Kyle Fuller would be a solid pick for the San Francisco 49ers at number 30. He’ll be one of the better cornerback options available when the 49ers are to pick, but wouldn’t be surprised to see him gone earlier.
Here’s a short highlight video of him to see for yourself.