Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.
Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Scout: Kyle Crabbs
Name: Troy Fumagalli
Position: Tight End
Date of Birth: Not Available
High School: Waubonsie Valley (WI)
Games Played: 37
Games Started: 20
Team Captain: No
Production: 89 receptions, 1080 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs
High School: Consensus three-star prospect. Briefly considered a college baseball career. Has had nine fingers since shortly after he was born due to an amputation of his left index finger. Turned down full ride scholarships to other schools, inlacing offers from Western Michigan, Minnesota and N.C. State.
College: Former walk-on who earned scholarship before 2015 season. 2014 Academic All-Big Ten. 2015 Big Ten Honorable Mention. 2016 All-Big Ten second team.
Strengths: Understands how to use frame optimally as a receiver. Shows strength to bump defenders off of top of routes and is effective throwing weight around to establish separation and help mask sub-optimal short area quickness. A traditional in line player that has found success working as a blocker with a clean base and consistent body positioning to help wall off defenders. Has a knack for making big plays in the middle of the field and earned a reputation as a go-to receiver. Showcases a large catch radius and can be a reliable target in contested situations. Has success against tight coverage thanks to functional strength and wingspan; should find more production in the red zone from more consistent Quarterback play.
Weaknesses: Is not an exceptional athlete and fails to meet the high athletic standards of many of the coveted NFL Draft prospects at the position over the course of the past five years or so. As a result is not necessarily going to be a splash play receiver or a featured piece of the passing game. Route running skills are efficient but not especially fluid or dynamic; more of a power player than a skill set that is going to shine in space. Was plagued with a handful of poor drops over the course of the 2016 season, needs to clean up concentration issues and ensure a secure football before turning eyes up the field for a run after catch role.
Summary: Wisconsin Tight End Troy Fumagalli is a true throwback at the position. The 6’5, 249 lb senior pass catcher wins with strength, balance and technique both as a blocker and as a route runner. Fumagalli spends a lot of time working in-line; a trait that could endear him to some coaching schools of thought and de-value him to others. While Fumagalli isn’t necessarily a new age Tight End prospect who certainly won’t open up the middle of the field vertically, he holds a great deal of value as a third down weapon and a red zone target.
The Badgers have been plagued with irregular quarterback play ever since Russell Wilson left in the Draft for Seattle. Provided the Badgers get some consistent play out of southpaw signal caller Alex Hornibook, Fumagalli’s true value in the red zone should shine. Currently a lot of his passes are errant or a touch late, forcing Fumagalli to show off contested catch skills or his wingspan to receive the ball.
Because Fumagalli isn’t a dynamic receiver, I’d expect his value and demand will be somewhat tempered next spring. If he’s able to cut down on some of the poor drops he had in 2016, Troy may be able to generate some additional buzz around his name next year.