NFL Draft Preview: Troy Fumagalli

A position that perhaps flies a little under-the-radar when one thinks of the type of player Wisconsin traditionally stocks the NFL with is tight end. However, former Badgers seem to find their way into the league at a pretty regular clip. One former Badgers TE is Lance Kendricks, currently playing for the Green Bay Packers.

Troy Fumagalli looks to continue that pipeline into the NFL. Serving as a primary target for Badgers quarterbacks over the past couple of seasons, Fumagalli regularly earned the first down and contributed in the running game as well. Draft Analysis

Fumagalli has good bloodlines - his father, Doug, played at Holy Cross and both of Troy's brothers played at Dayton. He also has NFL training as a result of playing in Paul Chryst's scheme at Wisconsin. He's reliable, focused, disciplined and was a respected team leader for the Badgers. But he's not a special athlete, gathering to cut in and out of his breaks and struggling to separate against elite speed. He had only one reception of at least 25 yards as a senior. A team looking for a West Coast offense-style tight end could covet this ball magnet and begin considering him as early as the fourth round with his ceiling somewhere in the poor man's Kyle Rudolph range. PROJECTION: Fifth-Sixth Round

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