WACO, Texas -- Center Kyle Fuller, Baylor Football's starting center for the last three seasons and a four-year letterwinner, was selected in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans with the 243rd pick (seventh round).
Fuller's selection gives Baylor at least one draft pick in each of the last nine drafts. Meanwhile, the Bears have had eight offensive lineman drafted over those nine years. Since 2011, Baylor has had 25 players drafted, including a supplemental draft selection (Josh Gordon, 2012) and a Baylor Basketball letterwinner (Rico Gathers, 2016).
Fuller was a vital part of Baylor's winning ways over the past four seasons as the Bears were 39-13 overall and had a 25-11 mark in Big 12 action. Fuller was a reserve on BU's 2013 Big 12 Championship team and started its 2014 conference-title winning squad. He played in four-straight bowl games, helping the Bears win the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl and the 2016 Motel 6 Cactus Bowl.
The product of Wylie, Texas, was a three-year starting center for the Bears, garnering all-conference accolades in 2015 and 2016. He played in 52 career games with 39 career starts, which were both most of any Bear on the 2016 squad. Fuller helped anchor the o-line for the nation's most productive offense in 2014 and 2015. He paved the way for BU's rushing attack that led the Big 12 in 2015 and 2016, while helping the Bears rank fourth or better in sacks allowed in conference over the past three years. With Fuller starting at center, Baylor had four 1,000-yard rushers over the past three years.
Fuller is the first Baylor player drafted by the Houston Texans franchise, but former Bear Jonathan Weeks has been the Texans long snapper for the last seven years.
BAYLOR 2017 NFL DRAFTEE
Rnd. (overall pick)
7. (243) Kyle Fuller, WR -- Houston
BEST IN TEXAS LAST 8 YEARS, NFL DRAFT PICKS 2011-2017
25 -- Baylor*
23 -- Texas A&M
18 -- TCU
17 -- Texas
8 -- SMU
7 -- Houston
7 -- Texas Tech
6 -- Rice * - includes supplemental draft selection of Josh Gordon in 2012 and Baylor Basketball letterwinner Rico Gathers in 2016.
BEARS O-LINE SUCCESS
Baylor has had eight offensive lineman selected in the last nine NFL Drafts.
BAYLOR O-LINEMEN IN NFL DRAFT, 2009-2017
2009, T Jason Smith -- 1st Rnd (#2), Rams
2010, C JD Walton -- 3rd Rnd, Broncos
2011, T Danny Watkins -- 1st Rnd (#23), Eagles
2012, C Philip Blake -- 4th Rnd, Broncos
2012, G Robert T. Griffin -- 6th Rnd, Jets
2014, G Cyril Richardson -- 5th Rnd, Bills
2016, T Spencer Drango -- 5th Rnd, Cleveland
2017, C Kyle Fuller -- 7th Rnd, Houston