NFL Scouting Reports: Joppru, Askew

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Bennie Joppru and B.J. Askew NFL Draft Scouting Reports
By Justin Van Fulpen

As Michigan fans well know, The University of Michigan finished strong with a win over the University of Florida in the Outback Bowl and was ranked number nine in both major polls. The Wolverines are going to lose eight players to the NFL this season; some will get drafted this spring while others will be un-drafted rookie free-agents.

I will be providing scouting reports for you, the readers of, on all eight players.

To find me on the web, I have an NFL Draft site called Justin VanFulpen's NFL Draft Journal at

Today, Bennie Joppru and B.J. Askew.

TE Bennie Joppru, 6-5 245 lbs. Joppru improved his draft stock a great deal during his senior season with 53 catches this year for 579 yards and five touchdowns.

POSITIVES: Joppru has great hands and very good speed for a tight end. Joppru does a good job finding the soft spots in a zone and knows how to get open. He runs great routes and has the ability to make linebackers miss in coverage. He also does a good job in the middle of the field to give the quarterback a big target to throw to.

NEGATIVES: Joppru struggles with lower body strength and his blocking is what seems to suffer. He doesn't do a very good job as a run blocker. He lacks strength, leg drive and doesn't do a very good job at the point of attack.

BOTTOM LINE: Joppru is not a big and powerful player, but he can generally get the job done blocking with proper technique. Joppru has great speed and hands as a receiver and showed great improvement this season. He will end up being a 3rd or 4th round draft pick.


FB B.J. Askew, 6-3 228 lbs. Askew at times has been Michigan's feature runner because of injuries to other running backs. Askew's natural position is as lead fullback, and he brings a lot of athletic ability to the position.

POSITIVES: Askew has great running ability for a fullback since he has played in the tailback role in the past. He has very good speed and is a very good receiver out of the backfield. He has great hands and knows how to run routes because sometimes at Michigan he got split wide to take advantage of his size over cornerbacks. He is fast enough to get around the corner and has the ability to make people miss.

NEGATIVES: He doesn't have great size and needs to gains some weight and strength to play in the NFL. He is not dominant at the point of attack with lead blocking. He is not a big, strong lead blocker that finishes off opponents or moves defenders out of the play.

BOTTOM LINE: Askew is a "West Coast offense" kind of full back who can run, catch and block. He would give teams an extra dimension as a pure runner at fullback. Right now it looks as if Askew will be a 5th round pick.

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