Packers 2018 Draft: 3 tight ends Green Bay should target

PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 16: Troy Fumagalli
PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 16: Troy Fumagalli /
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Troy Fumagalli, University of Wisconsin

When you think of Wisconsin Badgers football, you think of two things: defense and running backs. One thing overlooked is the tight end position. Insert Troy Fumagalli.

While at Wisconsin, Fumagalli was the number one target in a weak passing attack. He was a great option for the many quarterbacks who played at Wisconsin while he was there.

He was a safety blanket for the young quarterback, Alex Hornibrook. Fumagalli was a reliable option for other quarterbacks too. Bart Houston, Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy all were successful in Madison due to Fumagalli.

He isn’t fast or athletic by any means. However, he may have some of the best hands I have ever seen from any football player. Rarely does he drop passes. He made one of the best catches I have ever seen in the Cotton Bowl a couple of seasons ago (see above picture).

Another aspect of Fumagalli’s game that sparks interest is his ability to run block. The run game is a key aspect of the Badgers offense. On many occasions, Fumagalli was creating lanes with arguably the best offensive line in the country. That separates him from the rest of the tight end prospects. Not only can he help in the passing game, he can be a blocker for a teams run game.

Fumagalli would be a great red zone threat for the Green Bay Packers. He may not necessarily be the starting tight end, but the Packers run a lot of two-tight end sets.

Having an extra body like Fumagalli would be a huge asset for any offense since you don’t have to always use him in the passing game. He doubles as an excellent run blocker.