NFL Draft Scouting Report: Cooper Kupp

Eastern Washington
Wide Receiver #10
Senior, 6-2 204

  • Strong natural hands
  • Not a burner but enough speed and subtle quickness to create some separation off his release
  • Appreciated physicality after the catch
  • Great production versus Pac-12 opponents
  • Elite ball tracking skills
  • Operated mostly from the slot but has experience at all receiver alignments
  • Crisp and effective route runner
  • High points well
  • Consistent sticky hands in traffic
  • Gives enough as a blocker
  • Walter Payton Player of the Year Award
  • Senior Bowl participant

Cooper Kupp leaves college football as the all-time leading receiver in all levels in receptions (428) and yards (6,464). He is the FCS career leader with 73 touchdown receptions. Kupp was a consensus FCS All-American in all four seasons earning 14 different national player of the year accolades. He excelled off the field as well receiving All-America academic honors on three different occasions. His first game in an Eagles uniform, Kupp caught five passes for 119 yards and two scores versus Oregon State. After the season opener, Kupp went on a cold streak, for his standards, having a stretch of five games without eclipsing the 100-yard mark, though he saw the endzone five times during that span.

Eastern Washington Athletic Site

Finishing his freshman season on a high note with nine straight games of 90 yards or more (five games with two touchdowns), Kupp received the Jerry Rice Award being the top FCS freshman in 2013. Kupp’s production began to ascend after his first year, even though he faced a speed bump in his sophomore season battling through a nagging ankle injury. He finished his final two seasons at Eastern Washington with 231 receptions, 3,342 yards, 36 touchdowns and 16 100-yard games. Kupp boasted his incredible career as the Walter Payton Award winner in 2015 (Heisman FCS equivalent) as he led the FCS in receptions, yards and touchdowns.

Kupp doesn’t jump off the page with plus athleticism or tremendous speed but shows the reliability and quickness to be an effective playmaker every weekend. He ran a below average 40-yard dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis with a time of 4.62 but his game speed on film doesn’t necessarily go hand in hand with that time. Kupp plays with enough acceleration after the catch to extend plays with obvious grit and physicality that may not be the typical college slot receiver persona.

Even though not being able to gain a plethora of separation with just his average speed, Kupp gains most of his disengagement with subtle quick moves at the line of scrimmage and hard cuts at his breaks. His route running skills are atop this class relying on balanced athleticism and smooth change of direction skills to quickly react to cushions in coverage. When not being able to shake the defender, Kupp’s play is not over with as he shows off his physical advantage to box out receivers and win the contested battle. He has some underrated wiggle with good enough change of direction skills to make something happen after the grab.

A security blanket for his quarterback, Kupp showcases reliable hands with natural and strong mittsĀ to consistently catch passes in traffic. He has the coordination to pluck the ball out of the air then showing excellent body control to continue the rest of the play with yards after the catch.

A natural at the position, Kupp shows off elite ball awareness to track the ball at every level of the field. He is a natural pass catcher snagging balls away from his body preventing drops and double catches (I did not chart a drop in my notes in the eight games watched). He benefits mostly playing in the slot seeing plenty of targets behind the line of scrimmage with with the Eagle coaching staff relying on him to make plays in space early in the series. Even though seeing the majority of the snaps inside, Kupp has seen plenty of snaps outside the numbers showing the ability to beat press (though, still needs some work) and running a multitude of routes.

Here he shows that he doesn’t have the desired breakaway speed but still has a good enough second gear to eventually separate from the defender:

Kupp is a clean receiver prospect with the only concerns coming with his lack of straight-line speed for an outside receiver yet that may not be his role early in his career. His production speaks for itself dominating his level of competition at the FCS level but also showcasing his skills versus the Pac-12 (Oregon State, Washington, Oregon, Washington State) averaging 10 catches for 179 yards and just under three touchdowns a game. A technical receiver with NFL bloodlines (Jake Kupp, grandfather, was a Pro Bowl offensive linemen for New Orleans; Craig Kupp, father, was drafted by the New York Giants in 1990), Kupp executed well in a slot role for the Eagles and could see a productive role there for many years in the league.

NFL Comparison: Pierre Garcon

Round Value: Third Round

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