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Bennie Joppru

SELECTED BY DENVER , ROUND 2, PICK 9, OVERALL PICK 41
TE | (6-4, 272, 4.8) | Michigan
By Pro Football Weekly

Notes: Redshirted in 1998, started once in '99, seven times in 2000 and three times in '01. Caught four passes for 51 yards and two touchdowns in 1999; 11-52-0 in 2000; and 17-118-1 in '01. Set Michigan single-season record for receptions by a tight end in '02, when he caught 53-579-5 and was a second-team All-Big Ten pick. Team co-captain as a senior. Wowed some personnel types at the Senior Bowl, when he was the lone tight end on the North roster and made acrobatic catches all week, then stood out in position drills at the Scouting Combine.

Positives: Durable, reliable, above-average athlete with good to very good hands. Takes the ball out of the air like a vacuum cleaner and plucks the ball. Is capable of playing tight end or H-back and quick enough to get open, even down the seam. Makes the effort to block. Made positive strides as a senior, when he became more focused. Looks the part and has good body control.

Negatives: Average blocker. Rounds some cuts. Doesn't have West Coast offense TE speed. Inconsistent route-runner, who can refine those skills. Basically a possession receiver who rarely goes down the field. Not very physical. Questionable character early in his career, but he has matured.

Summary: Stock rose tremendously during his senior year. Isn't an elite athlete, but he has great hands, and if he works to improve blocking, he could become a complete NFL tight end.

* Player biographies are provided by Pro Football Weekly.