2018 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Prospect: Troy Fumagalli
Ht: 6'6" Wt: 248
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Evaluated by: Austin Smith
Last April produced one of the deepest, and most talented groups of tight ends the draft has seen in years. Fumagalli had a chance to be a part of that class, yet decided instead to return for his senior year. As a junior, he was the go-to target in the passing game, and while that isn't expected to change, Fumagalli will now be the focal point of an offense that will have questions about who picks up the slack in the running game. Freshman Jonathan Taylor has helped in that area, but Fumagalli still sees a lot of attention from defenders. Whether or not he can have success in his current role will result in his case to be a top-100 pick.
I have praised Mike Gesicki for being the tight end in the 2018 class with the most potential, but Fumagalli is everything Gesicki isn't as a prospect. Fumagalli has a good understanding of how to run routes. He stems them properly, forcing defenders to turn their shoulders, then he uses disciplined footwork to get in and out of his breaks. Fumagalli also has a very good understanding of coverages. He adjusts his routes appropriately and knows when to sit them down in windows. Fumagalli also has soft hands and extends them routinely to the ball. That brings me to one of his most underrated qualities. The first thing you catch a ball with is your eyes. Fumagalli has tremendous focus throughout the process of the catch. Even in traffic or tight coverage, he locks onto the ball, and no one else on the field seems to exist in his mind.
Another area that Fumagalli is advanced is as a blocker. Now I am not going to try to sell anyone on him blowing players off the ball, but he does do a good job of using his feet to get into proper position. From there, he displays a reasonably strong punch on the defender. He needs to add strength if he wants to be an effective in-line blocker, but heading into the NFL, he will be ahead of the curve with his technique. He also has experience as an H-Back. He has been used as a lead blocker, as well as on trap and counter blocks. He locates his target quickly, and once again uses a strong punch to engage him.
Athletically, Fumagalli is not in the same class as Gesicki or even Mark Andrews, which will limit certain offenses who like a tight end who can help stretch the field. Fumagalli is a better fit as a possession player, and not all teams covet that kind of player at tight end. Still, in more traditional systems, Fumagalli has a chance to be a complete tight end. He is an accountable teammate and a smart player. He works his tail off, and there aren't many coaches who wouldn't have to have a guy like this on their team. He went from walk-on to All-American at Wisconsin, and while I don't think he has first-round talent, a strong finish to his collegiate career should result in a day-two selection.
Compares to (Current NFL Player): Cameron Brate (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
- Great route-runner
- Disciplined feet
- Outstanding focus
- Smart player
- Hard worker
- Blocking technique is ahead of the curve
- Must get stronger
- Not a great athlete that can stretch the field
- Won't fit every scheme
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