Tight End Troy Fumagalli In Phins’ Draft Sights
It’s time Miami invests a high pick in a quality Tight End
The Phins requested an interview with Wisconsin’s Tight End, Troy Fumagalli. The best bookie service currently ranks Fumagalli as the 3rd highest rated TE prospect in the ’18 draft. Most “draft gurus” have him going somewhere between the 2nd and 4th rounds.
Gase’s Offensive Scheme Requires Two TE Sets to Succeed
It’s no secret the Dolphins are desperate to add a pass catching Tight End. Gase’s Offensive scheme works best with tandem TEs …even better with two ‘complete’ TE’s. ‘Complete’ as in can catch, block well, and do double duty as a Red Zone threat. Of course, whose scheme wouldn’t thrive with quality TEs? Can Miami please get at least one?.
It’s not like the FO hasn’t tried. We’ve struck out twice with Tight Ends since losing Clay to Buffalo in 2015. Unfortunately, neither expensive Free Agents Jordan Cameron or Julius Thomas worked out. Just this past season, Thomas reminded many Phins fans (painfully) of “Lurch” from the old Adams Family TV comedy. Despite those past failures, acquiring a high caliber, cost-effective TE for 2018 remains an essential key to our offensive success.
Miami Has Little CAP Space, No Trade Assets …and Landry Looms
It isn’t going to be easy. Cutler, Timmons, Thomas, and Bushrod among others seriously hurt our CAP carryover …and all of them have to be replaced. Then we have our own Free Agents to resign …or not. The Landry, Suh and Tannehill contracts alone will suck the air out of the room. Thus the oft failed FA path is out. The Dolphins need inexpensive, new blood at TE …not to mention LG and LB among others. As a result, a high quality TE will likely necessitate a high round draft pick …the only avenue that the FO has left.
Fumagalli is a Complete Tight End …and NFL Ready
He’s a big boy, at 6’6” and 248 pounds. Not only is he big, he runs pretty well with a 40 yard time in the high 4.6 range. In fact, this past season he caught 46 balls for 547 yards and 4 touchdowns …and that was with him missing time with a leg injury. He’s one of the best blocking TE’s in the draft and looks every bit a three down TE in the NFL. One curious bit about Fumagalli is, he only has nine fingers! Surprisingly, it hasn’t affected his receiving skills. PhinsNews believes there’s a lot to like about Fumagalli.
Here’s another well made video by Cut Up Corner with a great look at his blocking skills:
Here’s second video by Highlight Creator, and while it has some hype factor, you get a clear look at Fumagalli’s receiving skills.
There here are two other TE’s rated slightly above Fumagalli in Hayden Hurst from South Carolina and Mark Andrews from Oklahoma. Both players are projected to be selected in the 2nd Round. So if Miami wants one of the three, they might not have the luxury of waiting untill their 3rd selection.
Frankly each of these three Tight Ends should be on the Dolphins radar. Unfortunately, given Miami is razor thin on the Offensive Line, lacks depth at QB, and is missing a quality cover Linebacker… that’s not possible. The question is what position do they roll the dice on with later round picks? Miami first needs to be wise in FA to help soften their needs come draft day. What are the rest of the Miami Dolphins News fans thoughts about selecting Fumagalli or one of the other top TE’s?