Scouting Report: Troy Fumagalli, TE, Wisconsin

By Kelby Goodman

Number: #81 | Hometown: Aurora, IL | Height: 6050 | Weight: 247 | Forty: 4.75E |Hand: 1014 | Arm: 3418 | BP Reps: 14 | Combine: Yes | All-Star: SR Bowl | Year: 2018

SCOUTING REPORT

When watching the nine-finger bandit, the term “security blanket” is the first word that comes to mind. He’s not going to burn past many defenders in the NFL, as that was not what his game was about at the collegiate level. However, despite not having elite athleticism, the Wisconsin tight end consistently showed the ability to make catches in traffic and with defenders draped on his back. The narrative around him will be that he is missing a left index finger but when watching his film, his hands are like vacuums, as they seem to suck in any ball within his vicinity. He will make a living in the middle of the field and in the red zone with his great size, along with his ability to catch the ball away from his body very well. One area where he tends to struggle, is creating separation from defenders, however, he does a good job using his size to get the cover man off balance at the top of the route. His stats won’t blow you away but that says more about the young quarterback and offensive system he was working with in Madison. In a run-heavy offense, he was often asked to handle run blocking duties and despite being the focal point of the passing game, was asked to take on quite a bit of pass block responsibilities. He showed an above average ability at run blocking but will need to improve on moving his feet, as sometimes he resorted to lunging at the defender. He isn’t likely to have a high career yards per catch average or yards after the catch but his floor is as a TE2 and he seems to be a secure pick as you know what you’re getting in this player, a solid day two selection.

ACCOLADES

2017: John Mackey Award finalist, Bulsworth Trophy finalist, second-team All-America (AFCA, AP, FWAA, Walter Camp), Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year, first-team All-Big Ten (coaches), second-team All-Big Ten (media), John Mackey Tight End of the Week (Sept. 13)
2016: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Offensive MVP, second-team All-Big Ten (coaches), third-team All-Big Ten (media)
2015: All-Big Ten honorable mention (consensus)
2014: Academic All-Big Ten
Notable: Former walk-on earned scholarship prior to 2015 season

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Career: Played in 52 games with 32 starts at tight end … finished career ranked seventh in school history with 135 receptions and 13th all-time with 1,627 receiving yards … caught 7 touchdown passes … part of winningest senior class in school history, posting four-year record of 45-10 that included 29-5 mark in Big Ten play and 11-1 record in rivalry games … part of four consecutive bowl game wins, four straight seasons of 10-plus wins and three Big Ten West Division titles … 2018 Senior Bowl and 2018 NFL Combine invitee

2017 Season: Earned fourth letter, playing in 13 games with 12 starts at tight end … notched 46 receptions for 547 yards and 4 touchdowns …  shared Jimmy Demetral Team MVP award with fellow senior teammates … caught 5 passes for career-high 105 yards and a touchdown vs. Utah State on Sept. 1 … hauled in career-high 8 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown against Florida Atlantic on Sept. 9 … recorded 7 receptions for 83 yards vs. Maryland on Oct. 21 … hauled in 5 passes for 45 yards vs. Ohio State in Big Ten Championship Game on Dec. 2 … caught 3 passes for 31 yards vs. Miami in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 … had 3 receptions for 21 yards vs. Iowa on Nov. 13 … caught 2 passes for 11 yards and a touchdown vs. Minnesota on Nov. 25 … finished with 2 receptions for 39 yards and a touchdown at BYU on Sept. 16 … nabbed 3 catches for 31 yards at Nebraska on Oct. 7 … had 3 catches for 38 yards vs. Michigan on Nov. 18 … hauled in 2 receptions for 31 yards vs. Illinois on Oct. 28 … had 3 catches for 20 yards vs. Indiana on Nov. 4

2016 Season: Earned third letter, starting all 14 games at tight end … recorded 47 receptions for 580 yards, more than doubling his previous career totals … also recorded 2 touchdowns … caught 6 passes for 83 yards and recorded vital fourth-quarter touchdown in Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Western Michigan on Jan. 2, earning Offensive MVP honors … had a career-high 7 receptions for 100 yards in Lambeau Field College Classic vs. LSU on Sept. 3 … scored a touchdown against Iowa on Oct. 22, making 2 catches for 38 yards

2015 Season: Earned second letter, playing in 11 games with four starts … caught 28 passes for a total of 313 yards and one touchdown … caught six passes for 60 yards, both career highs, and scored first career touchdown at Nebraska on Oct. 10 … made catches of 7 and 23 yards on final offensive drive to set up game-winning field goal at Nebraska … logged five receptions for 52 yards at Illinois on Oct. 24 … caught three passes for 55 yards, including career-long 31-yard reception, vs. Rutgers on Oct. 31 … made four catches for 45 yards vs. Purdue on Oct. 17 … had two receptions for 36 yards in Holiday Bowl vs. USC on Dec. 30 … caught two passes for 28 yards vs. Northwestern on Nov. 28 … made three catches for 22 yards vs. Iowa on Oct. 3

2014 Season: Earned first letter, playing in all 14 games with two starts at tight end … finished season with 14 catches for 187 yards … had exactly one catch in 10 straight games from Sept. 6 to Nov. 22 … made first career start and had one reception for a career-high 28 yards at Purdue on Nov. 8 … earned start and recorded one catch for 12 yards at Iowa on Nov. 22 … grabbed two catches for 18 yards vs. Auburn in Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, including a 14-yard grab on third down to set up game-winning field goal in overtime … caught two passes for 24 yards in the Big Ten Football Championship Game vs. Ohio State on Dec. 6 … tallied one reception vs. Nebraska on Nov. 15 … caught one pass for 18 yards at Rutgers on Nov. 1 … recorded one reception for 17 yards vs. Maryland on Oct. 25 … tallied one catch for 12 yards vs. Illinois on Oct. 11 … registered one reception for 11 yards at Northwestern on Oct. 4 … logged one reception for 14 yards vs. South Florida on Sept. 27 … recorded one catch for 22 yards vs. Bowling Green on Sept. 20 … had one reception for 10 yards vs. Western Illinois

2013 Season: 
Redshirt season

High School: Three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … ranked as No. 32 tight end in class by ESPN … finished career with 172 tackles, four sacks and six deflected passes … also had 64 receptions for 1,770 yards … also lettered in baseball … academic all-state selection … four-time academic all-conference honoree … high honor roll student … coach was Paul Murphy 

Personal: Parents are Doug and Char Fumagalli … father played football at Holy Cross … brother, Drew, played baseball at Dayton … brother, Ross, played football at Dayton … participated in Link Crew and Young Life … volunteered with Feed My Starving Children and Harvest Sunday collections … hobbies are golf and biking … graduated with degree in finance, investment and banking in December 2017

CAREER STATS

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