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UDFA Scouting Report: FB Henry Poggi, how he fits with Raiders

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Raiders have another Gruden Grinder in the house.

NCAA Football: Central Florida at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Henry Poggi, FB, Michigan


6’2 243lbs


13 starts at Fullback

4 starts at Tight End 9 receptions, 68 yards

2 rushing attempts, 6 yards, 1 TD

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 5.07

Vertical Jump: 30”

Broad Jump: 9’02”

Short Shuttle: 4.48

3-cone Drill: 7.22

Bench Press: 17


Co-recipient of the 2017 Robert P. Ufer Bequest presented to the player who demonstrates the most enthusiasm and love for Michigan University


Henry Poggi didn’t get many chances with the football in his hands, but he is a true football player who is just happy laying punishing hits on people. He was actually recruited to Michigan to play Defensive Tackle and had several position changes before settling in as a fullback, showing great persistence and dedication to do whatever he had to do to get on the field.

He was a solid lead blocker for a strong run game for Michigan and he has shown good hands as a receiver in limited opportunities.


A lack of experience at Fullback has him still a little raw as a player and he isn’t the quickest or strongest guy. His lack of speed isn’t a deal breaker but it isn’t ideal for the west coast type of offense that expects their fullbacks to be integral in screen plays on a regular basis.

Fit with Raiders

Jon Gruden relies on his fullback to be a bruising, physical player who is willing to do anything it takes. Despite the limited experience, that sounds like exactly the type of player the Raiders saw in Henry Poggi.

Oakland absolutely needs a physical fullback for Gruden’s offense and right now they only have Poggi and 5-year veteran Keith Smith on the team. He proved himself enough for the team to choose him over priority free agent signee, Nick Sharga, giving Poggi a real chance to either make the team or be kept around on the practice squad as next man up if Smith comes down with an injury.