Ranking 10 best moves during Sean McVay era that helped Rams earn Super Bowl 53 trip
By Dan Parzych
9. Drafting Kupp, Reynolds
After watching Jared Goff struggle as a rookie that resulted in the former California star going 0-7, McVay and the Rams knew one of their top priorities in the months leading up to the 2017 season was to improve the passing game.
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During free agency, Los Angeles felt confident enough in earning a major steal after agreeing to a deal with Robert Woods, but it was the draft in which they seemed to find gold with the selections of Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds.
Taking a player from a smaller school like Eastern Washington can always seem like a risk, but watching Kupp haul in 428 passes for 6,464 yards to go along with 73 touchdowns during his four years with the Eagles made it seem worthy of a third-round selection.
Turns out, Kupp may end up being one of the biggest steals from the mid rounds in 2017 after looking at how quickly he’s benefitted from being a reliable No. 3 option for Goff in the passing game over the last two seasons.
Unfortunately, Kupp watched his 2018 campaign end sooner than expected as a result of a torn ACL, but also at least Los Angeles has been able to watch Reynolds, who was selected in the fourth round of the draft in 2017, step up in a big way since his teammate went down.
For two players who haven’t even been playing for a full two seasons, this seems like only the beginning for promising careers with both Kupp and Reynolds.