Round 7, No. 232: Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin
Another Badger prospect who has fallen down Draft boards, Fumagalli was once seen as a near certain Top-100 pick. But after a longer look at the film and his testing numbers, he has begun to drop to Garrett Graham-status. A solid player, but not an impact guy.
Fumagalli has been one of the best safety nets in college football the last two seasons, catching everything thrown his way and earning the trust of every quarterback he’s played with. But his athletic traits aren’t anything special and he isn’t seen as a starting tight end.
From Lance Zierlein:
"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."
From Matt Miller:
"Many scouts will attack Fumagalli for missing his left index finger. However, he does have strong hands, and drops have not been an issue for him. Fumagalli’s blocking has been underwhelming even though he comes from a run-heavy Big Ten offense. He can provide good depth at tight end and be a positive, hard-working teammate in the locker room."
And also from his NFL.com profile.
"“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"
As a Packer, he’ll immediately step in and be a Richard Rodgers-style safety net who Aaron Rodgers knows will be there at the sticks for a first down. He’ll also be a special teams guy who’ll block for field goals.
For some sleepers on Day 3, check here from Brian.