3rd Round – Troy Fumagalli – TE – Wisconsin
This was a hard round because at this point linebacker is still a need. But both Fumagalli and Oklahoma’s Mark Andrews are still on the board. While I know a lot of fans would like for me to say Andrews is the pick, I went with Fumagalli simply because he is a more complete tight end. Fumagalli can certainly catch and has a little more speed than Andrews, but where he jumped Andrews was he can be a three down tight end right away.
Fumagalli might be the best blocker in the tight end class this year, and while he wasn’t a weapon like Andrews was, he certainly can catch, run strong routes, and create separation. It was watching him block in the run game that made him jump out.
If you want to know if he really can catch, watch what he did in the Cotton Bowl last year here. He can do it all, but some teams may want more of a weapon which should see his stock fall a little.
He plays with power in the run blocks and is not afraid to take anyone on. He reminds me a lot of Jason Witten in that he seems to get open when he has to, block well when he has to, and moves the chains in key moments. He will probably never be the guy to take a football to the house, but he can be a guy teams have to account for.
The knock I can see on him is how well will he do against NFL players in blocking. He appears to have the tools, but there is a huge difference in NCAA and NFL. If he can block as well as he appeared to in college, he could be your three down tight end. Strange knock on him is he’s missing a finger and has since birth.
The Dallas Cowboys could go linebacker or safety here, but Fumagalli is a smart pick that could be better than a third rounder in the long run.