Oct 5, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller (17) celebrates with safety Kyshoen Jarrett (34) after making an interception in the fourth quarter. The Hokies defeated the Tar Heels 27-17 at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers first round pick


Sept 29, 2012; Landover,MD, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller reacts to a play against Cincinnati Bearcats during the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • bk

    SO I’m looking at the potential first round guys and trying to figure who has bust written all over him…. Ebron? Had a lot of production, but, I can see him taking a few hits and going away… HAHA? For being so good he was torched by SEC qb’s a lot… Mosely? Same thing.. Just did not dominate… and CB… Roby… just don’t know.. Abrederris torched him pretty bad…and the off field issues… reminds me of Cromartie a little… make some plays but has so much baggage that his head is not in the game….
    Which of these do you think we may take? It’s hard to miss with all the talent available, but, I have the utmost confidence in Steeler Management.. wink wink

    • Matt Shetler

      I hear you. definitely didn’t see Shazier coming that is for sure

      • bk

        I hate to always seem so negative… I hope that Shazier is a monster and we get Robinson/Moncrief/Lattimer in rd 2 and Desir/Watkins/Roberson/Purifoy in Rd 3 and it all works out… (also hoping for Dri Archer or DeAnthony Thomas at some point)
        and Crockett Gilmore just cuz I like the name..lol

        • Matt Shetler

          Getting hard not to be negaitive. I’m actually writing my 2nd and 3rd round article predictions now and I just don’t see them taking Robinson/Moncrief/Lattimer in rd 2. I think there is going to be a run early on WR and all will be gone. Although I would love one. Have a feeling they are going to target interior DL and go with Nix and look at WR in RD 3. Hopefully a guy like Martavious Bryant is there, although I doubt it

          • bk

            Great minds think alike…I see NIx there and although I like him it’s hard to keep passing up targets for Ben… I like Kevin Norwood as a good possesion type later and there are some hidden gems out there.. maybe we can find another Brown…

          • Matt Shetler

            Great minds indeed as I was leaning towards Norwood in the 3rd

          • bk

            I thought he showed well at the Sr Bowl..