Kyle will be a 22-year old NFL rookie in 2014. After missing most of his senior year at Mt. Saint Joseph’s High School in Baltimore, MD, he was still rated as the #42 cornerback by ESPN/Scouts Inc. and recognized as a SuperPrep All Mid-Atlantic selection. Followed the footsteps of two older brothers who played at VT, Vincent and Corey (both of whom got shots in the NFL following their college careers) and signed with the Hokies. Incidentally, he also has a younger brother, Kendall, who is currently a corner on the VT team. Kyle did not redshirt in 2009, but rather started 7 games while recording 32 total tackles, 4 tackles-for-loss and 6 passes defensed. In 2010, he opened 14 games and ended the year as a 2nd team All-ACC pick when he recorded 65tt, 14.5tfl’s, 4.5 sacks, 7 passes defensed and 2 interceptions. As a junior in 2011, he started all 13 games and finished the year with 52tt, 3tfl’s, 5 passes defensed and 2 interceptions. Voted as a permanent team captain for 2013, he is a finance major and is part of the 20th set of brothers who have played for coach Frank Beamer.
Kyle is a three-and-a-half year starter at cornerback for Virginia Tech. In 2010, he actually played seven games at Whip linebacker, but he is a corner by trade and will continue at that position in the NFL. As a senior in 2013, the Hokies are going to lean on him in the back end while fellow defensive back, Antone Exum, recovers from a knee injury. Kyle has a lean, athletic frame with long arms and sprinter’s legs. Last year, he primarily aligned as the boundary corner, but did take some reps to the field and matched to certain receivers by gameplan. He shows good balance and light feet as an athlete and appears to use his eyes well in reacting to run/pass.
In run support, at times by alignment, he will get inside the wide receiver trying to stalk block him and show some urgency in getting to the ball carrier. Generally, he is a low tackler, so there are equal hits and misses, however, his aggressiveness is impressive on individual snaps. The Hokies ask him to vision the QB and shuffle off in zone coverage and he displays controlled movements while reading the pass patterns. When he is playing in a loose zone, have seen some “round off” in his transition, but their three-deep scheme is designed to give up passes to the outside. In man-to-man, he will mirror press and force the WR to release outside. Kyle chased a Georgia Tech receiver across the field and high-pointed an interception in their 2012 overtime win. Against Clemson, he was beaten on a fade-stop down the field and, again, gave up back-to-back 9-routes (takeoff’s) vs. Florida State, including a 25-yard TD. Overall, Kyle has enough size and moxie to make it in the NFL, but when he has faced top competition in the past, do have some concern about his instant acceleration and coverage downfield.
In the 2013 season opener against Alabama, he had an outstanding game with 4 total tackles, 2 passes defensed and an interception when he cutoff a Crimson Tide receiver on a Dig route and made a play on the football. If he can build off his opening game performance, then his draft stock will rise in the eyes of the NFL evaluators. At this point, would forecast him as a solid backup/potential starter at outside corner with some possibility of him sliding inside and playing Nickel in the future.
WHAT NFL SCOUTS WANT TO SEE IN 2013: For Kyle to consistently tackle higher in run support and, with Clemson nor Florida State on the Hokies’ schedule this year, to come up “large” against Miami (FL) and Pittsburgh in terms of his pass coverage down the field.
-- Phil Savage, Reese's Senior Bowl Executive Director
Georgia Tech, Clemson, Florida State (all 2012)
VaTech vs. Alabama @ Georgia Dome, August 31, 2013