In just his second NFL season, Cooper Kupp continues to show just how much of a steal he was for the Los Angeles Rams during the 2017 NFL Draft.
Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams understood the importance of building a better offense around Jared Goff after seeing the former California star go 0-7 as a rookie, although it wasn’t entirely his fault.
From a horrendous offensive line to a weak receiving corps, it was unfair for Goff to receive all of that blame since the Rams didn’t exactly put him in the best position to succeed on offense. But once Sean McVay was hired as the new head coach in 2017, Los Angeles immediately went to work with bringing in better talent for Goff to work with.
Signing Robert Woods in free agency was viewed as an underrated move at the time, and as excited as the team was to bring him on board, the argument can be made there was even more excitement about the selection of Cooper Kupp in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Taking a player from a smaller school like Eastern Washington always comes at a risk, but when seeing how Kupp finished his college career with 428 catches for 6,464 yards to go along with 73 touchdowns, it’s easy to see why Los Angeles felt good about the risk.
Plus, when seeing how Los Angeles was able to use a third-round pick on the selection, this made it seem like they had nothing to lose with Kupp. And when seeing how Kupp looked like anything but a rookie during his first NFL season since he was playing like a veteran on the field, it made the Rams feel even more excited about their future with the wideout.
Finishing his rookie campaign with 62 catches for 869 yards with five touchdowns was quite impressive for Kupp since he was technically the No. 3 wideout behind Woods and Sammy Watkins.
To top it off, Kupp has been on an absolute tear through the first four games of the 2018 season, and is coming off a career game during a win over the Minnesota Vikings in which he caught nine passes for 162 yards to go along with two trips into the end zone.
Take this into consideration that Kupp already has 24 catches for 348 yards with four touchdowns on the season, this just adds to the narrative that Los Angeles ended up with one of the biggest steals from the draft in 2017.
The Rams’ offense in general has been an absolute blast to follow so far this season, and as long as he remains healthy, Kupp could be on his way to his first Pro Bowl, assuming all continues to go well in the passing game.
Los Angeles certainly felt confident in Kupp’s potential back in the spring of 2017, but also it’s safe to say nobody expected this kind of impact from the Rams wideout this quickly. If September is any indication, one can only imagine what the next three months will consist of in regards to Kupp in the production department.