Troy Fumagalli

Wisconsin
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Prospect Info

College
Wisconsin
Hometown
Class
Aurora, IL
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
247 lbs
32 1/8”
Hands
10 1/4”

Prospect Grade

5.22
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Denver
Broncos
Round 5 ‧ Pick 19
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Fumagalli's name (pronounced foo-muh-GAH-lee) is as fun to say as his game is to watch. His agility belies his size and strength, and his hands are among the best in the country -- despite the fact he is missing the index finger on his left hand because of a birth defect. Having nine fingers didn't make any difference in his second-team All-Big Ten junior campaign, where he caught 47 passes for 580 yards and two scores. Fumagalli was the Cotton Bowl Offensive MVP that year, as well, after catching six throws for 83 yards and a touchdown in the victory over Western Michigan where opposing head coach P.J. Fleck called the young tight end "incredible." The Aurora, Illinois native actually walked on at Wisconsin as a three-star recruit for the 2013 season, when he redshirted. Fumagalli played in all 14 games, starting two, as a freshman (14 receptions, 187 yards). He started four times in 11 games played in 2015, upping his totals to 28 receptions, 313 yards, and his first touchdown. Troy's father, Doug, played football at Holy Cross while two brothers played at the University of Dayton.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Combination tight end who makes up for his thin frame with determination and effort as a blocker. Fumagalli's blocking showed improvement this year and he continued to be a consistent contributor as a pass catcher. He lacks athletic ability to consistently get open as a pass catcher, but he can poke holes in zone coverage and work himself free in play-action. Fumagalli could be targeted on day three by teams looking to add depth and competition for their two tight end sets.
Strengths
  • Competes at point of attack
  • Understands optimal angles on down blocks and backside cutoffs
  • Works hard to sustain and secure his blocks
  • Crafty with route releases
  • Starts route with good acceleration from release
  • Sees linebackers looking to redirect his routes and makes early adjustments
  • Has ability to work second level as a pass catcher
  • Feels zone pressure and will sit and protect in traffic
  • Good foot stutter for sharper entry and exit from with breaks
  • Talented with ball tracking as he picks it up early
  • Hands plucker who has hand strength to overcome loss of index finger on left hand
  • Doesn't mind traffic and works back to the ball
Weaknesses
  • High cut with thin lower half
  • Not much of a bender
  • Doesn't have desired anchor in his base
  • Body control is tested when facing off against power on the edge
  • Inconsistent at finding and landing on targets from wing-back spot
  • Tight strider whose feet barely seem to come off the ground when he runs
  • Doesn't have much sink into breaks and out-breaking routes tend to drift
  • Allows defenders a pathway to the throwing window
  • Athletic ability is very average
  • Rarely gets coverage leaning the wrong way at top of his routes
Sources Tell Us

"He's missing a finger as a pass-catcher, he has those skinny legs, he's not a great athlete, and he wasn't recruited highly coming out. None of that seems to matter. He's a competitive guy. He's not pretty in the uniform like (Indiana tight end Ian Thomas), but you keep watching tape and he gets things done." -- Former Big Ten coach

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league