Despite falling to the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Redskins selected highly-talented Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller with the 84th-overall pick.
With their third-round pick, the Washington Redskins added depth to the secondary, selecting Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller with 84th-overall pick.
The fourth of four Fuller brothers to play for legendary head coach Frank Beamer, Kendall's older brothers Vincent, Corey and Kyle have all seen significant action in the NFL. Kendall now trades his burgundy and maroon for Burgundy and Gold.
From the moment he stepped on campus in Blacksburg, Va., Fuller saw action on Saturday's, starting as a true freshman and interception six passes.
After garnering All-American honors from multiple outlets as a sophomore, he saw his junior campaign cut short due to injury.
Rather than returning for another season, he left school early to chase his NFL dream.
"My knee's doing really well," he said at the 2016 NFL Combine. "Feel like I'm about 90 percent. I'm doing pretty much everything. Doing a lot of drills, doing cutting, planting, things like that. Still just working on getting that power back, but other than that the motions and everything that I do feels really well."
In his final full season, he recorded 4.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and 15 pass breakups. Fuller was a three-year starter for Frank Beamer's team, recording 119 tackles with 35 passes defensed, eight interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
He joins two other former Hokies in the Redskins' defensive backfield — DeAngelo Hall and Kyshoen Jarrett. A native of Baltimore, he spoke at the Combine on what it would mean to play for a hometown team.
"He's really just one of those all-time greats, one of those legends," Fuller said of Hall. "I was there to see him before the season this year, things like that. I'm definitely looking forward to playing with him, learning from him and just soaking up some knowledge from him."
With the 84th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected cornerback Kendall Fuller out of Virginia Tech. Take a look at his collegiate career in photos.
His NFL comparison, by no surprise, is to his older brother Kyle Fuller, who plays for the Chicago Bears. But NFL.com describes Kendall as "supremely confident and believes he should make the biggest plays on the field."
"The playmaking production didn't happen by accident," NFL.com writes. "Fuller has the twitch and the anticipation to challenge throws on the NFL level and come away with his fair share of interceptions."
As he continues to make his transition to the NFL, his three older brothers, Fuller said, have left him with some lasting words to live by.
"Just to enjoy it, have fun," he said. "It's a stressful process. But just not something that a lot of guys can come to, not an opportunity that a lot of guys get so just enjoy it, make the most of it and just have fun."
Fuller is coming off a serious injury, a torn ACL to be exact, but Redskins head coach Jay Gruden expects him to be fully healthy by training camp.
When he does come back, the Redskins are getting a player that very likely could have been a top pick this year hadn't he suffered the injury.
"He's too talented of a player to pass up," Gruden said Friday night. "He can play nickel obviously. There's a big hope for him. He can play outside. He's got great, natural football instincts at the nickel or corner position. Obviously he's got great bloodlines. I think it's a great pick."
Fuller said his knee feels well and there haven't been any bumps in the road to recovery.
Working out wise, I'm not limited to anything, I'm doing everything," Fuller said. "I'm still getting a little bit more strength back in it, but I'm doing really well."
Fuller has also been to sprinting along with "defensive back drills [and] change of direction drills."
"I'm pretty much doing everything," Fuller said. "Only thing that I really need to I guess get back to 100 percent is full strength. Movement-wise, I'm pretty much at 100 percent and moving well."