BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after he led BYU with 113 tackles. Junior-year totals included 36/3.5/2. Began his career at Utah State.
POSITIVES: Hard-working defender with average size and speed. Effective in the box, displays a good head for the ball in run defense, and works hard to get involved.
NEGATIVES: Marginal instincts in coverage, slow to react, and stiff moving in reverse. Displays limited speed to the sidelines and slow changing direction. Gets caught up in the trash and lacks functional football strength.
ANALYSIS: Poppinga is a limited athlete and a two-down defender who.s at his best in the box. He could find a home as a backup on the inside of a 3-4 alignment.