Four years ago the Raiders took a little known defensive end out of Buffalo in the sixth round of the draft. All Trevor Scott did was go out and lead all NFL rookies in sacks during his first lap around the NFL. Now Scott hasn’t exactly become a dominant NFL pass rusher but he’s proven himself to be much better than his draft status.
Prior to Tim Fugger’s pro day performance last month, not many teams had him on their draft board. But when you consider Oakland’s needs and see where he’s likely to go given his improving value, it’s hard not to think of this being another Trevor Scott scenario all over again.
Fugger recently paid a visit to the Raiders so he’s definitely on their radar, as he is for a lot of other NFL teams. He looks like a hybrid end/linebacker type at the next level which means Dennis Allen would gain an asset in his quest to convert to the 3-4. Here is a quick analysis of this possible diamond in the rough.
Tim Fugger, DE, Vanderbilt
Strengths: Pro day performance featured 4.5-second 40, 29 reps of 225 and a 34” vertical leap. Adept pass rusher that makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. Active hands, forced three fumbles in 2011. Should be an immediate contributor on special teams makes him a solid late-round value pick.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t have ideal size for an NFL defensive end, will be a situational player. Not much help in stopping the run. Relies on speed to get to passer, must develop more power moves.