Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Kyle Fuller from the NFL combine
By Michael C. Wright ESPN.com
We're going back through our notes and pulling some pre-draft interviews from the NFL combine this week with some of the Chicago Bears' recent draft picks.
Kyle Fuller should add an infusion of youth and athletic ability to the Bears' secondary.
Here's a transcript of an interview with Bears first-round pick Kyle Fuller (No. 14 overall) from February's combine:
Question: How much advice did you receive from your brother, Detroit Lions wide receiver Corey Fuller, before coming to the combine?
Answer: "We haven't talked a lot, but it definitely sounds like he's enjoying it. It's something he's dreamed about it. I know it feels good to be there and I can't wait to be in the position he's in."
Q: How beneficial is it to grow up in such a football family?
A: "It means a lot. It definitely makes you want to get to that level. It definitely keeps you humble to continue to work hard to get there. I believe it just shows all the hard work all of my brothers have had to get to this point, and we're just thankful and blessed for that."
Q: How much sibling rivalry is there in your family?
A: "I'm very competitive, especially with my brothers. That's helped me to where I am now. We always want to be better than the next guy, each other, no matter how fast we are, the plays we make. We've had a couple races. I won one, Corey won one. Whenever we're home, we'll get it. I had the best time of my life as a senior playing with Kendall (a rising sophomore at Virginia Tech). It was sad that it got cut short. That would be a lot of fun. I had a chance to play with [Corey] one year at Virginia Tech.
Q: How similar was your role at Virginia Tech to what your brother Vincent Fuller did while there?
A: "I would definitely say it was similar. He moved around played corner nickel safety, physical, I've learned a lot from him. I take a lot from this game."
Q: When all of you get together for workouts, what are you guys doing?
A: "Definitely just working technique and fundamentals, the simple things backpedaling coming out of the breaks, transitioning to backpedal to turning and running. Just the little things, we always grew up taking care of the little things."
Q: What's the best part of your game?
A: "Just how physical I am, I feel like my speed, my playmaking ability, my ability to tackle."
Q: How important is it to you to be a first-round pick?
A: "I would love that. That's one of my goals. All I can do is show what I can do and I can believe that I'm a first round pick or whatever. But I'm not focused on that. I just have to do what I have to do and whatever team takes me I'll be happy to be with them."