Cooper Kupp – WR – Eastern Washington
The third round selection for the Tampa Bay Bucs is… Cooper Kupp, wide receiver Eastern Washington. Kupp has been flying up draft boards after his impressive outing at the Senior Bowl. Now although Kupp did not have a big game for the North, his work in practice really impressed scouts. The Bucs’ community has endlessly preached for more weapons in Dirk Koetter’s offense, and here is their chance.
Kupp is a slot receiver who can also be a deep ball threat out wide. His hands and route running ability are what stick out the most on tape. Kupp has dominated in the Big Sky Conference, and based upon last week in Mobile, he has no issues against better competition.
So, what about Adam Humphries… is he not our slot man? Humphries job is safe, but Kupp adds another dimension that could be useful. Kupp can use his bigger body to essentially box out defenders, or even out jump opponents, where Humphries just can not.
Kupp has been on the Bucs’ radar, and if he falls into their lap they will be able to pull the trigger. Do not rule out a trade up for Kupp, as general manager Licht always seems to have some moves up his sleeve.
The 44th overall ranked prospect by NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah would be an absolute steal here in the third.
Previously: Safety Eddie Jackson