Friday, May 9, 2014
Reaction to Fuller pick mostly positive
By Michael C. Wright
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Early reactions are mixed, but even with those who didn’t completely agree with the Chicago Bears' decision to draft Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller with the No. 14 overall pick of the NFL draft on Thursday, the consensus seems to be the Bears acquired a solid player that will contribute in 2014.
According to general manager Phil Emery, as soon as the New York Giants picked LSU receiver Odell Beckham Jr. at No. 12, the Bears “knew we were getting a really good player.”
Emery said the Bears never considered trading the No. 14 pick. Going into the draft, the club targeted six players as potential picks at No. 14. Emery revealed Thursday night that when the Bears went on the clock, three of the club’s targeted players remained on the board.
More than likely, those players were safeties Calvin Pryor and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix along with Fuller.
“When New York turned their pick in, I went, ‘We’re not moving anywhere. We’re going to get a really god player. We decided on Kyle Fuller [as] the player,” Emery said. “This is an example of taking a player that we really liked. We had three still on the board. We liked all three. So however it fell, we were going to be feeling good about that football player. What makes Kyle unique is his combination of length, athleticism, versatility, smarts and toughness. It’s hard to find all of those qualities in a corner, along with somebody who has been really productive.”
Here’s what you guys thought of Emery’s pick: