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The 2018 RotoViz Scouting Index – Tight End 4.0

The RotoViz Scouting Index (RSI) tracks NFL draft prospect rankings from a variety of traditional scouting sites, giving you quick insight into how incoming rookies are currently being valued over in “real football” land.

This serves as a counterpoint to our usual stats-and-metrics-based analysis. Discovering where the stats and film crowds agree and disagree is not only fun but often illuminating. We’ll track the rise and fall of player values throughout the draft season and assess the impact on player fantasy valuations. We’ll be aggregating rankings from a number of well-respected sites, after adding Drafttek and TSX to our existing sources this week.1


In order to ensure that you understand where our data comes from and how the scores are calculated, I recommend reading the introduction to this series.

The Top Tight End Prospects

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Still no change at the top, with the big four of Dallas Goedert, Hayden Hurst, Mark Andrews and Mike Gesicki holding their spots in the eyes and hearts of evaluators.

But there has been significant movement in the next three spots. Jaylen Samuels has fallen from No. 5 to No. 7, while Ian Thomas rises to No. 5. Let’s take a look at the group from five to seven.

Ian Thomas

Thomas had 28 receptions in his two years in college, good for 404 yards and five touchdowns. His athletic traits and projectability are leading many to overlook his rawness at TE. His workout metrics show why teams are impressed.


Thomas is far from a finished product, and his blocking technique isn’t all it could be. Despite being “humble and focused” and “loving the game,” his “effort and enthusiasm” is missing when it comes to some blocking assignments. Lance Zierlein compares Thomas to former first-rounder Jermaine Gresham.2 Thomas has met with the Ravens and Steelers at the Combine.

Troy Fumagalli

Wisconsin product Troy Fumagalli certainly stands out from the rest of his class, given that he has fewer fingers than them all. Fumagalli was born with Amniotic Band Constriction and had his left index finger removed days after being born.

Fumagalli wasn’t a stat monster in college, playing as he did on a run-heavy team. He did have back-to-back 40-plus-catch, 540-plus-yard seasons to end his time in college and scored four of his seven career TDs in 2017. He didn’t take part in most of the athletic drills at the Scouting Combine, and his measurables don’t exactly jump off the page.


Fumagalli profiles as a team’s second or third TE, at least until he can bulk up.3 He met with the Eagles among other teams at the Senior Bowl. Philadelphia has a need at the TE position alongside Zach Ertz. Without a Day 2 pick, this marriage could make a lot of sense for both parties.

Jaylen Samuels

As talented and athletic a prospect as Jaylen Samuels is, I’m not going to go too in-depth on him here for one very important reason. This is the RotoViz Scouting Index for the tight end position. Samuels is an offensive weapon that a creative play-caller in the NFL will enjoy moving around. He is not a TE. Whoever drafts Samuels will get themselves a multifaceted playmaker who comps to former Raiders fullback Marcel Reese.

  1. Rotoworld, Ourlads, Mike Mayock, Optimum Scouting, CBS, Draft Countdown  (back)
  2. His closest comp at PlayerProfiler is Austin Hooper of the Falcons.  (back)
  3. Fumagalli “makes up for his thin frame with determination and effort as a blocker.”  (back)

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