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Rams selected Eastern Washington edge rusher Samson Ebukam with the No. 125 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Ebukam is an outstanding athlete, with his SPARQ composite score placing him in the 96th percentile. In Wade Phillips' defense Ebukam will likely play on the edge and work in a rotation with the goal of developing into a pass rusher. He recorded 15 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 2016. This is the second EWU prospect the Rams have drafted this year.
Apr 29 - 1:09 PM

Rams selected Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Kupp (6’2/204) originally walked on at EWU, yet went on to start 52-of-52 games and earn FCS Offensive Player of the Year as both a junior and senior, breaking the all-division college record for career receiving yards (6,464) on 428 receptions (15.1 YPR) with 73 touchdowns. Kupp also scored three times on punt returns. Strictly a slot receiver in the Eagles’ wide-open spread, Kupp carries "system player" concerns after running 4.62 in Indy. Turning 24 in July, Kupp is also old for an incoming NFL rookie. Not big or athletic enough to win outside, Kupp is ticketed for an interior receiver role in the pros. PFF College has compared Kupp to ex-Bengals slot WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Despite his limitations, Kupp could be heavily targeted early in the Rams talent-bare receiver corps.
Apr 28 - 9:54 PM

Eastern Washington edge rusher Samson Ebukam made official pre-Draft visits to the Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons over the weekend.

He's visiting the New England Patriots on Monday and will visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday. A college defensive end, Ebukam has been getting heat in recent weeks as teams dig deeper into a potential designated NFL pass rusher. Ebukam has had a good Draft process. He participated in the NFLPA game and then had a good pro day workout.
Apr 18 - 3:31 PM

Breaking down Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp, an AFC scout said: "If he gets to a team with a good quarterback, watch out."

"In 2014, he punked both Marcus Peters and Sidney Jones when he took on Washington," the scout said. "Two first-round talents. You tell me if he's going to be a starter." Kupp had 117 catches for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. Over his career, he set FBS records for total receptions (428), receiving yards (6,464) and receiving touchdowns (73). Kupp's athleticism has been questioned. He ran a 4.62 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Even so, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein gave Kupp the flattering comparison of NFL slot dynamo Jarvis Landry. "[Kupp] is as natural a pass catcher as you will find with desired competitive drive on each snap," Zierlein wrote. "His transition to NFL-level cornerbacks will take time, but he has the ability to become an early No. 3 receiver and eventual starter."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 11:39 AM

Eastern Washington edge rusher Samson Ebukam will visit the Packers, Steelers and 10 other teams, according to Rob Rang.

Teams are always on the lookout for third day pass rushers, and Ebukam likely qualifies as one of the better ones this year. He recorded 24 sacks in his career and was invited to the NFLPA game. His athletic testing was above average.
Apr 10 - 8:48 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang referred to Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp as "the most polished route-runner in this draft."

"Further, Kupp has what I call Hoover hands; the ball just seems to get sucked into his big mitts like they are attached to vacuum cleaners," Rang wrote of the 6-foot-2, 204-pounder. The Eastern Washington standout's work at the NFL Scouting Combine was largely pedestrian (4.62s 40-yard dash, 31-inch vertical jump, 9-foot-8 broad jump), though Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reported at the time that a fair number of teams were not truly docking Kupp for his lack of athletic measurables. Speed is just not a huge part of his game. Pauline views him as a potential third-round target come the draft later this month.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 3:21 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that "a lot of teams are not downgrading" Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp despite his poor showing in the 40-yard dash.

Kupp ran a 4.62 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine on Saturday. Measuring in at 6-foot-2, 204 pounds, Kupp also posted a mediocre 31-inch vertical and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. "Never known as a deep threat with vertical speed, one scouting consultant told me he’s still a terrific pass catcher who can create after the reception," Pauline wrote.
Mar 5 - 1:27 PM

Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp ran a 4.62 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

After his stellar showing at the Senior Bowl, we heard buzz that Kupp could punch a ticket into Round 1 if he ran in the 4.4s in Indianapolis. In hindsight, that hope was a pipe dream. At 6-foot-2, 204 pounds, Kupp also turned in a mediocre 31-inch vertical and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. Kupp still has his fans across the NFL, but he's almost assuredly locked himself into Day 2 following Saturday's subpar showing.
Mar 4 - 3:25 PM

Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp says he'd like to play for the New Orleans Saints.

It makes sense, as Kupp's grandfather, Jake, was a star Saints lineman who was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in 1991. After Kupp's performance at the Senior Bowl, the Saints, or any other interested party, ought not wait too long to take him on Draft Day. Previously thought to be a Day 2 prospect, Kupp is now garnering some Round 1 buzz. "He has the size and skill set of a starting NFL receiver, and his performance [at Senior Bowl practices] has him climbing closer to first-round consideration," wrote Luke Easterling.
Source: Draftwire
Jan 30 - 12:27 PM

Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp caught two passes for 14 yards in Saturday's Senior Bowl.

A pity, as we were looking forward to seeing what the Eastern Washington wideout could do in this setting -- especially after he put forward one of the more impressive practice weeks of any player on hand in Mobile. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote that the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder hauled in "everything thrown his way" this week. Kupp's disappearance in the Senior Bowl proper is more/less irrelevant -- that's the way all-star games roll -- but his work during the week likely went a ways toward helping him to secure a selection early on Day 2 of the draft.
Jan 28 - 6:11 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp "[caught] everything thrown his way" during Wednesday's Senior Bowl practice.

"He ran sharp routes to create separation and showed excellent reaction time on short passes thrown outside his body," notes Pauline. "Kupp was consistently in position to make catches after exiting his route breaks and had an overall excellent showing." The analyst grades him as a potential second-round pick this spring. He's not alone in taking note of Kupp's work during the Senior Bowl practice week, as NFL Media's Mike Mayock has been similarly impressed. Mayock believes Kupp will find success early on in his NFL career.
Jan 26 - 5:23 PM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock says Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp is "going to play and play well very early in his NFL career."

"He's fast," Mayock, reporting from the Senior Bowl, said. "He won deep, he won shallow, he beat press coverage. He can win at all three levels. And he gets it." One of college football's most productive receivers over the past few years, Kupp had 117 catches for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He lit up the two Pac-12 teams he faced at EWU for 22 catches and six touchdowns.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 25 - 3:29 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah ranked Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp as the No. 44 overall prospect.

In a top-50 Big Board published Tuesday, the analyst lauded Kupp's combination of "outstanding size and solid play speed" and passed along a belief that despite Kupp's small-school pedigree, he's ready to make "an immediate impact in the NFL." Ludicrously productive at EWU, Kupp finished 2016 with 117 catches for 1,700 yards and 17 touchdowns. "He uses his physicality to power through press coverage and is a very precise route runner," Jeremiah wrote. "He uses his body to shield off defenders and has the ability to adjust and make contested catches down the field. He has very strong hands. After the catch, he flashes some burst, and he's a physical runner."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 19 - 1:09 PM

Eastern Washington senior WR Cooper Kupp accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Time for Kupp to rise from the FCS for potential NFL glory. This past season, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound wideout logged a stellar 107-1520-15 receiving line in 12 games. Nothing new, there. Kupp has caught at least 90 passes, registered at least 1,400 yards receiving and hauled in at least 15 touchdowns in each of his four seasons with the Eagles. In early September, an AFC North scout referred to him as "athletic" and "savvy." That scout was particularly impressed with Kupp's ability to read defenses after the catch without decelerating.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 05:22:00 PM

An AFC North scout told CBS Sports' Dane Brugler that Eastern Washington senior WR Cooper Kupp has the potential for a long NFL career.

"First time I watched his tape, I saw Brian Hartline," the scout said. "Then I watched some more and thought, no, this kid is a stronger, more aggressive version. Good size. Athletic. Savvy. Hell of a kid too." CBS Sports analyst Brugler notes that the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder "relies and trusts his technique, displaying a heightened sense of awareness at the catch point to attack the ball and quickly assess his surroundings without gearing down." Washington State knows all of this well enough -- Kupp went off for 12 catches, 246 yards and three touchdowns in last weekend's toppling of the Pac-12 contender.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 02:49:00 PM


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