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 23 players drafted, which is tied for most in the state of Texas over that span with Texas A&M.
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.