Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp (©M.Samek / SCOUT)

Rams select wide receiver Cooper Kupp with 69th overall pick

Los Angeles drafted one of the most prolific receivers in collegiate history in the third round on Friday night.

The Los Angeles Rams in the third round with the 69th overall pick added more help for quarterback Jared Goff with the selection of former Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp

Kupp put together an extremely productive four-year collegiate career recording 428 catches for 6,464 catches and 73 touchdowns, which are NCAA Football Championship Subdivision records  This includes notching more than 100 receptions in each of his last three years while pulling in at least 16 touchdowns and seven 100-yard performances in every campaign. 

He had his best statistical campaign in 2016 posting career highs with a Big Sky record 117 catches, 1700 receiving yards along with 17 touchdowns. Kupp also had solid performances against Pac-12 Conference teams recording 40 catches for 716 yards and 11 touchdowns in four career games. 

“I think I bring versatility. A guy that’s going to know the offense inside and out," Kupp said. "A guy that’s going to be ready to go day one. I pride myself on that, on learning the offense – I know exactly what I need to be a guy that can be reliable and be able to get first downs. The ability to create in multiple different ways, play wherever you need me to play. I think that’s something that I bring that a lot of receivers can’t.”

The 24-year-old stated he spoke with the Rams and their coaching staff during the combine last month and felt the organization came away impressed by his workout at the event. 

"I got along really well with the coaches there. Then, was able to do a workout as well," Kupp said. "Again, just being able to connect with the offensive coaching staff and (wide receivers) coach (Eric) Yarber. I was able to just go out and do what I love and play ball. I think they liked what they saw.”

The addition of Kupp should provide the Rams another dependable receiving option for Goff to throw to that already saw former South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett added to the mix after being taken with the 44th overall pick in the second round Friday night. 

“Yeah, I was really excited about the kind of things they had going on," Kupp said. "Obviously, having Jared (Goff) there at quarterback and the potential he has to be a great quarterback. I got along really well with (Rams Head) Coach (Sean) McVay and (General Manager) Mr. (Les) Snead. Just to be a part of this organization is something that I’m really excited about.”

Bob Garcia IV is a staff writer of LARamsReport.com. You can follow him at @bgarcia90 and us on Twitter at @LA_RamsReport.


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