LaDainian Tomlinson predicts Rams’ Cooper Kupp will lead NFL in receptions during 2017

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Former NFL star LaDainian Tomlinson recently made a bold prediction that Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would lead the league in receptions as a rookie in 2017.

In the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams selected former Eastern Washington standout Cooper Kupp, and the last few months are any indication of what to expect, this could turn out to be a huge steal. There’s always a bit of concern anytime an NFL team selects a player from a smaller school, but Kupp has wasted no time proving that won’t be an issue during his first season with the Rams.

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Just look at the three games (two preseason) Kupp has suited up for Los Angeles, and it’s already clear the wideout is going to be a big part of Sean McVay‘s offense throughout his rookie campaign. Believe it or not, former NFL star running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who is currently an analyst for NFL Network, seems confident that Kupp is going to be the one that ends up leading the entire league in receptions during his first year as a pro.

For obvious reasons, it seems a little extreme for Tomlinson to make a bold prediction involving a third-round rookie leading the league in receptions during his first year in the NFL. But when taking a closer look the quick impact Kupp has already made since joining the Rams along with the numbers he displayed in four years with the Eagles, it’s not as crazy as it sounds.

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Catching 428 passes for 6,464 yards to go along with 73 touchdowns during a four-year college career is never an easy accomplishment, but Kupp managed to do so at Eastern Washington. And after beginning his NFL career with four catches for 76 yards with a touchdown against Indianapolis, at least Kupp is off to a good enough start with Los Angeles to backup Tomlinson’s bold prediction.