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Kupp One of Top Value Picks in 2017 Draft

Posted Apr 11, 2018

WR Cooper Kupp — a third-round selection in 2017 — was one of the top value picks of the year.

With the 2018 NFL Draft on the horizon, the Rams will be looking to add young talent to defend the NFC West. For the second year in a row, Los Angeles does not hold a first round pick. But as evidenced by the 2017 Draft, first-round selections do not always provide the highest value in the league.

Last season, Rams general manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay drafted wide receiver Cooper Kupp in third round as the 69th overall pick.

The Eastern Washington product — considered a steal by many outside the building — was the second-most valuable rookie receiver of his class and the 12th-most valuable rookie at any position, according to Pro Football Focus. Plus, Kupp’s 62 receptions for 869 yards and five touchdowns were more than all but one receiver drafted ahead of him.

The popular grading website used its wins above replacement metric (the number of wins a team gets from replacing an off-the-street player with the player of interest) to grade the top players drafted by the Rams since 2013.

Kupp was one of the club’s five players with the highest overall WAR, as one of just seven qualifying receivers to average more than 2.0 yards per route run. Other notable players drafted by the Rams with the highest WAR per season include defensive tackle Aaron Donald, safety John Johnson III, running back Todd Gurley, and safety Lamarcus Joyner.