Cooper Kupp NFL Draft Profile
Cooper Kupp-WR-Eastern Washington
Size: 6’2 198lbs
Get to know Kupp: Cooper Kupp is the most prolific pass-catcher in Football Championship Subdivision history, setting all-time records in total receptions (428), receiving yards (6,464), and receiving touchdowns (73). He is the son of a former NFL player (Craig was a fifth-round pick in 1990) and grandson of a New Orleans Saints Hall of Famer (Jake was an offensive lineman in the NFL from 1964-75). He won just about every award he could win in his four years with the Eagles, staring with the Jerry Rice Award as the top FCS freshman when he started all 15 games, making 93 catches for 1,691 yards and 21 touchdowns. As a sophomore, Kupp fought through an ankle injury but was still an All-American receiver (104-1,431, six TD), third-team punt returner (10-162, TD), and Academic All-American. He won all of those awards again in 2015, in addition to the Walter Payton Award as the FCS’s best player as he led the nation in all three major categories (114-1,642, 19 TD). Kupp again proved to be the best receiver in the FCS in 2016, leading all with 117 receptions, 1,700 receiving yards, and 17 receiving touchdowns in another consensus All-American season.
- Productive WR
- Natural, strong hands
- Ball tracking skills
- Knows how to manipulate coverages
- Bodies up corners to make contested catches
Analysis: Let me say this about Cooper Kupp–before I put on Kupp’s tape I thought I would be watching just another wide receiver from FCS who might have a chance to make it in the NFL. Let me tell you, Kupp will not only make it but he has a chance to be a star. He had an elite level of production for any level of football. Finished career as Division I career leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns. Hands are natural and strong. Catches passes like his idol, Larry Fitzgerald. Plucks it away from his body and immediately tucks it away. Utilizes route speed variances to create deep-ball opportunities. Extremely confident and competitive. Bodies up cornerbacks to win contested catches. Believes he can catch every throw and is able to make the circus grab look easy at times. Excellent ball-tracker.
- Lateral quickness
- Too ‘dancy’ while running routes
- Too tall coming off the ball
- Some question his ability to be an outside WR
Analysis: I was having so much fun watching Kupp’s tape it was difficult at times to find many weaknesses, but they are out there. He is a little upright though his routes. Lateral quickness out of breaks underneath provide no early separation. Operated as big slot but could lack separation quickness to open clean throwing windows underneath for NFL quarterbacks. Some scouts question ability to be a productive starter as outside receiver. Excessive fakes and jukes into breaks at times; will need to win with more efficient routes.
NFL Comparison: A taller Steve Smith
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