Drafted: Pick 9 of the 2nd round by Houston
Positives: Tight-skinned with a well-proportioned body...Ambidextrous (writes with his left hand, throws with his right)...Has above average speed and foot quickness...Tight- hipped runner who shows power and balance in the open...Hard worker in all areas of his game (weight room, practice, game)...Shows quickness in his release and knows how to get upfield while avoiding reroutes...Very effective route runner who is good with delays to set up his routes and gets good depth in the flats while showing the strength to clear through the zone...Shows good concentration going up for the ball, with above average hand/eye coordination when attempting to catch with a defender on him...Has rangey, soft hands, getting proper placement on the ball...Willing blocker at the H-back position and shows force as a lead blocker in the short area...Will lead up on linebackers with aggression...Very smart and learns plays easily...Outgoing personality who always competes...Has the acceleration and speed to beat defenders deep...Uses savvy and sharp cuts in his routes...Quick in and out of his cuts, getting proper separation in his breaks due to his fluid and flexible athletic ability...Can short snap in an emergency.
Negatives: Lack of size and brute strength makes him more suited for the H-back position...Tough, but not really physical, needing to get stronger in the weight room...His leg drive power to beat the press could use improvement...Not used much as a seam threat...More effective as a seal-&-sustain blocker than one who can anchor and get move- ment at the point of attack...Works better as a blocker when coming off motion or as the lead...Frame may not have much more room for growth...Lacks the top-end speed needed to get consistent separation due to tightness in the hips...Has adequate leaping ability going up for theball...Tends to go down after first contact.
Rising star who came into his own as a senior, giving the Wolverines a superb secondary target in the short area...Started 24 of 46 games at Michigan, catching 85 passes for 800 yards (9.4 avg) and eight touchdowns.
All-American second-team and All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report...Second-team All-Big Ten pick by the league's media and coaches...Started every game, hauling in a career-high 53 passes (second on the team) for 579 yards (10.9 avg) and five touchdowns...His 53 catches rank second on the school season-record list for tight ends, topped only by Jack Clancy (76 in 1966).
Western Michigan...Snatched 3 passes for 23 yards and an 8-yard score...Also made a key block on receiver Ronald Bellamy's 11-yard reverse.
Notre Dame...Followed with another 8-yard touchdown as he finished the day with 7 catches for 80 yards.
Illinois...Had 7 receptions for 74 yards, including touchdowns of 6 & 27 yards.
Penn State...Caught 5 passes for 56 yards.
Iowa...Gained 45 yards on 4 grabs.
Michigan State...Made 5 catches for 42 yards and a 12-yard score.
Minnesota...Cleared a hole used by tailback B.J. Askew for a 3-yard scoring scamper and picked up 58 yards on 3 catches.
Wisconsin...Grabbed 7 passes for 45 yards.
Florida (Outback Bowl)...Closed out his career with 6 receptions for 80
Appeared in every game, starting vs. Penn State, Purdue and Iowa...Caught 17 passes for 118 yards (6.9 avg) and a touchdown.
Miami (Oh.)...Opened the season with a 1-yard scoring grab.
Washington...Gained 25 yards on 3 catches.
Iowa...Saw action at both tight end and fullback, coming up with a 3-yard catch.
Illinois...Added 13 yards on a pair of grabs.
Minnesota...Caught 2 passes for 25 yards.
Tennessee (Citrus Bowl)...Tied Marquise Walker for the team lead with 5 receptions, good for 45 yards.
Played in every game, starting seven contests...Finished with 11 receptions for 52 yards (4.7 avg)...Saw action at tight end, split end and fullback...Also handled snapping duties for PATs in the first five
Penn State...Made 3 catches for 14 yards.
Indiana...Added a pair of catches for 3 yards.
Appeared in nine games, starting the Illinois contest as the second tight end...Made four catches for 51 yards (12.8 avg) and a pair of
Illinois...First career reception was good for a 9-yard gain.
Indiana...Scored his first career touchdown on a 7-yard pass from QB Tom Brady.
Northwestern...Followed with an 11-yard scoring reception.
Alabama (Orange Bowl)...Had a 24-yard catch.
Redshirted as a freshman.
Suffered a left shoulder dislocation (1/14/00).
Campus Agility Tests
4.77 in the 40-yard dash...Bench presses 225 pounds 16 times...32 1/4-inch arm length... 9 3/4-inch hands...Ambidextrous.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE
32 1/4 10 36 19 30 1/2 9'1"
Three-year starter as a tight end at Minnetonka (Wayzata, Minn.) High...Competed as a tight end, running back and defensive tackle...Rated the best athlete in the Midwest by Prep Star...Ranked fourth in the Midwest by the Detroit Free Press...Earned National Recruiting Advisor All-American honors as a defensive tackle...Rated the sixth-best tight end in the country by Prep Football Report...Added All-Metro and All-Conference honors twice (second-team as a junior)...Caught 66 passes for 711 yards and eight touchdowns during his career, including 34 receptions for 354 yards and five scores in his final season...Added 21 catches for 221 yards as a junior...Rushed for 778 yards and eight touchdowns on 124 carries as a senior and gained 748 yards with eight scores on 121 Attempts his junior campaign...Recorded 48 tackles with five sacks during his career.
Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts...Father, Sheldon, played for the Shreveport Steamers in the old World Football League...Brother, J.J., played football at Arizona...Born Benjamin Paul Joppru on 1/05/80...Resides in Wayzata, Minnesota.
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/PG GM/AVG