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Kendall Fuller And The N.F.L. Draft

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Fuller hopes to be selected in the first two rounds.

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Kendall Fuller began his Virginia Tech career with a huge statement.  In 2013 Fuller made an instant impact in the Hokies defensive backfield.  He played in 13 games, starting for twelve of them.  His impressive play earned him the A.C.C. Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.  Heading into his sophomore season, Fuller continued his stellar play.  He finished that season being named All-ACC for the 2014 campaign.   Before the 2015 season, Fuller was included on many All-American watch lists, and was poised to cement his legacy as a Hokie legend.  Unfortunately, Fuller was injured and only appeared in three games in 2015.  Before the injury, Fuller was slated to be a first round draft pick.  He will be joining brothers Kyle and Corey in the N.F.L.  It was learned that Fuller tore his meniscus in his right knee some time during fall camp prior to the 2015 season.  The fact that Fuller tried to play demonstrates his amazing toughness as a football player.  Injuries were nothing new to Fuller, as he played the 2014 season with a fractured wrist.

TACKLES SACKS PASS DEFENSE FUMBLES BLOCKED
SEASON GP GS SOLO AST TOTAL TFL-YDS NO-YDS INT BU PD QBH RCV FF KICK
2013 13 12 38 20 58 2.5-7 0.5-3 6 11 17 2 1 1 0
2014 13 13 32 22 54 4.5-18 2.0-11 2 15 17 0 1 0 0
2015 3 3 3 4 7 1.0-6 1.0-6 0 1 1 0 0 1 0
Career 29 28 73 46 119 8.0-31 3.5-20 8 27 35 2 2 2 0

Stats courtesy of hokiesports.com

The real question for Fuller heading into the 2016 N.F.L. draft is simple. "How comfortable are teams with Fuller's injury concerns?"  There are no doubts that the man is an incredible athlete.  He has shown (albeit briefly) a tremendous ability for finding the football.  Fuller's agent Greg Barnett shared some video of Fuller in action last week.

nfl.com has him projected going somewhere between rounds 3-4.  His limited performance at the N.F.L. combine was little help.  Fuller only participated in the bench press, putting up 225 LBS. 15 times.  cbssports.com has Fuller going late in the second round.  This is better news for Fuller, but with such a wide array of projections, its seems the board has to fall a certain way for him to be called in the second round.  Friend of Gobbler Country and expert, Chris Landry, has Fuller "no later than mid second round".  I tend to listen to what Landry has to say and see Kendall Fuller going mid to late second round.  Stay locked at gobblercountry.com for more on Hokies in the draft.  You can check out Chris Landry's thoughts on other Hokies at his site here.