Entering the third day of the draft, the Houston Texans still needed to address the offensive line. After selecting Julie’n Davenport in the 4th round of the draft, the team selected another big body to provide depth on the offensive line. Kyle Fuller, who played at Baylor university, was a bit of a value pick in the draft. He brings versatility to a team who could use the extra help protecting their new franchise quarterback. Here’s a quick breakdown of the selection.
Kyle Fuller, Center
Fuller was a three-year starter for the Baylor Bears from 2014-16. He has an ideal frame to line up at multiple spots along the offensive line. However, he spent his time in college at center. As a bigger lineman, Fuller struggles in his movement and in setting his feet in pass protection. While in the run game, Fuller shows the ability to win one on one in the trenches. In the NFL, Fuller will have to show better mobility to stand a chance of becoming a starter in the league.
Houston Texans Take:
As a Houston Texan, Kyle Fuller will begin his career as a backup. With the return of Nick Martin, and the breakout performance of center Greg Mancz, Fuller will be limited to swing lineman duties early on. However, that may prove to be Fuller’s best position in the pros, as he tends to get exposed over long stretched of play. As a backup offensive lineman, Fuller can be an effective player in jumbo sets, providing extra blocking for running backs Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman to find daylight. For a seventh-round draft pick, the Houston Texans can do a lot worse than finding valuable offensive line depth in a league increasingly void of it.