BIO: All-Conference selection the past three-years. Posted 79/12/6 at linebacker as a senior. Previously used at defensive end.
POSITIVES: Solid athlete who displayed skill to play in space last season. Can change direction, pursue from the backside and shows good range. Gets depth on pass drops, uses hand technique to stay off blocks and works to get involved. Alert, stays with the action and redirects to ballcarriers.
NEGATIVES: Lacks a burst of speed and the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack. Must become more cognizant when the ball's in the air and does more chasing than actual covering.
ANALYSIS: Coming off a fine senior campaign and overall college career, Poppinga is a solid-yet-unspectacular prospect who can be used in a variety of ways. May eventually develop into a defensive end at the next level, yet probably best as a rush linebacker in a 34 defense.