The Los Angeles Rams used one of the their third-round picks on former Eastern Washington standout wide receiver Cooper Kupp in the 2017 NFL Draft.
It’s no secret the Los Angeles Rams entered the 2017 NFL Draft in desperate need of help at wide receiver, and despite making the bold decision to trade down early in the second one so the Buffalo Bills could select Zay Jones, the move should payoff with Cooper Kupp. The former Eastern Washington wideout was selected with the 69th overall pick in the third round by the Rams, and even though numerous players were drafted ahead of him at the position, keep in mind that it was Kupp who received high praise from one of the all-time greats in Steve Smith back at the combine
The former NFL star recently called it a career after 16 seasons in the big league after spending his final three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens following 13 years playing for the Carolina Panthers. Just like Kupp, Smith knows a thing or two about being a nightmare for his opponents on the football field, and Los Angeles certainly hasn’t forgotten when he said about their new rookie wideout back in March.
To earn this high level of respect from a former receiver like Smith (watch the video here) should give Cooper all of the confidence moving forward, and rightfully so when looking at the numbers he put together over the last four years with the Eagles. Seeing Kupp catch 428 passes for 6,464 yards to go along with 73 touchdowns almost seems unheard of for any college football player, and the Rams have every reason in the world to be thrilled over landing him in the third round.
Between Kenny Britt joining the Cleveland Browns in free agency to all of the inconsistencies surrounding Tavon Austin, Kupp comes to Los Angeles in the perfect position to make an immediate impact in the passing game as a reliable weapon for Jared Goff. Smith made a bold statement back in March by claiming Kupp was his top receiver from this year’s draft class, and if all goes well, he could emerge into the No. 1 receiver for Goff and Los Angeles in no time.