Troy Fumagalli Draft Profile

Troy Fumagalli draft profile

Strengths:

  • Highly competitive
  • Works hard to sustain and secure his blocks
  • Crafty route runner
  • Starts route with good acceleration from release
  • Has ability to work second level as a pass catcher
  • Feels zone pressure and will sit and protect in traffic
  • 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

Analysis: Troy Fumagalli’s agility contradicts 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.” He is a crafty route runner, gaining separation on details rather than athletic ability. He understands zone coverage and finds a way to sink into the soft spots. His hands are strong despite only having nine fingers and he can pluck the ball out of thin air. Plus ball tracker. No one ever questions his motor or effort level. Improved blocker very year on campus.

Weaknesses:

  • High cut with thin lower half
  • Doesn’t have desired anchor in his base
  • Body control is tested when facing off against power on the edge
  • Tight strider whose feet barely seem to come off the ground when he runs
  • Athletic ability is very average
  • Allows defenders a pathway to the throwing window

Analysis: Troy Fumagalli is a combo 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. He struggles against power and speed from edge rushers and deals with balance issues when forced to matchup with them. Athleticism is non-existent at times and survives on effort. He allows defenders to jump his routes, failing to body them out like you see other tight ends do.

What the experts say: “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

Size: 6’1 247lbs

Draft Grade: 5th Round

NFL Comparison: Will Tye

Draft Projection: Round 4-6

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