When the Pittsburgh Steelers are on the clock at No. 15 in the 2014 NFL Draft, Steelers’ general manager Kevin Colbert will have plenty of options to choose from, but whether the Steelers stay at No. 15 or trade down in the draft, that pick is going to be the same.
Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller.
If the Steelers stay at No. 15, and the look to address the secondary opposed to adding a wide receiver, Fuller is the logical pick as both Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard and Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert will likely be long gone.
That should be just fine with the Steelers as Fuller fits their needs just fine.
Fuller is a guy who was outstanding in zone coverage with the Hokies and has a knack for attacking the ball. Fuller also has no problems being physical with receivers in man coverage. He is the physical type of corner the Steelers tend to prefer. Fuller is so physical that Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer would line him up at linebacker from time to time as he plays the run very well also.
Of all the corners in the draft, he has the best combination of both skill and size. While the Steelers haven’t drafted a corner in the first round since Chad Scott in 1997, if they choose to, Fuller could be a great fit.
The good news is that if they do decide to trade down, they could likely get Fuller a few picks later on, or even target a player such as TCU cornerback Jason Verrett.
However at the end of the day I think Fuller is the Steelers guy, whether that be at No. 15 or later on and he is a guy I would be plenty happy with the Steelers selecting.