There were a lot of needs for the Chicago Bears on defense after one of the worst seasons on that side of the ball in 2013. After making many moves in the free agency, the Bears used their first round pick in the NFL Draft to improve the defense even more with cornerback Kyle Fuller with the No. 14 pick. Fuller isn’t the tallest corner out there but showed in college what he can bring to the table for the Bears.
This pick was more about the future for the Bears than the 2014 season in all honesty. Charles Tillman is getting older and the Bears needed a replacement for him in a year or two. Fuller can fill that role and in the meantime, he can be the team’s nickel back where he isn’t going to see 6-5 receivers like Calvin Johnson right away. He also played at multiple positions where in college at Virginia Tech including safety, which was a huge hole for the Bears last season. Here is Fuller in action.
The Bears are setting themselves up very nicely for this season and the years beyond that. There are still holes on the defense that need to be filled including defensive tackle but a decision could be made to try to move up from the No. 51 position in the second round to get another defensive player. Fuller though is a great pick at the spot that the Bears got him. They could have taken either safety that was on the board with Calvin Pryor or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix but Chicago obviously believes more in what Fuller can do than what the safeties had to offer.
The next course of action will be seeing what the Bears have up their sleeve during Friday’s second and third round. It could be more defensive help or maybe something on the offensive side of the ball. They could always trade back if they don’t see any players they like but there would be no surprise if Chicago tried to trade up to get Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan in the second round. At this point though, Fuller appears to be the right choice and one that will work out great for the Bears as time goes on. It’s only a matter of time before the Bears have all the pieces in place to make a serious Super Bowl run.