NFL Draft Diamonds has been bringing our readers Prospect Interviews over the past 3 years and this year we mixed up the questions and added some fun questions for our readers. Our questions are designed to give our readers a little more insight on the player. We hope to bring you more than 350 interviews of NFL Draft Prospects this season. You will be able to track them all on the front page of our website in the banner to the right. Now let’s meet the prospect!!!!
What is your name?
- Cooper Kupp
What is your Height/Weight?
- 6’2″ 208
What is your position?
- Wide receiver
Where do you play college football?
- Eastern Washington University
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
- I love working camps in the summer and teaching kids how the game is played. My wife and I have also had the opportunity to speak at some local schools about life outside of athletics.
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
- Econometrics 327. It was a doozy, but ended up being one of my favorite classes, too.
Where are you from?
- Yakima, WA
Who is your role model, and why?
- I really loved the way that Walter Payton played the game. He had reverence for the game but understood the platform it gave him and opportunity to influence lives off the field.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
- I grew up playing soccer, basketball, and baseball along with football.
Did you play any other positions in football?
- I have returned punts and kicks, lined up at QB and running back.
At your position, what separates you from others?
- I strive to continue developing as a player and to never become stagnant. I focus on the technique of the position, and try to build a utility belt that allows me to create separation in multiple ways.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
- I look at coverage tendencies for down and distance as well as formations. I try to find what techniques corners and safeties prefer when pressing and how to expose them.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
- Marcus Peters my sophomore year.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
- Larry Fitzgerald because of the way he separates and the tools that he uses to constantly win. As well as his football IQ.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
- One of the biggest obstacles was being undersized for a large portion of my life. A lot of people write you off early because they don’t see the potential in you that you see in yourself. It was also one of the biggest blessings because I learned a lot about myself as well as the mindset it took to get me to where I am today.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
- I pray multiple times on game day and throughout the game. I play this game with a purpose and praying helps keep me focused on that.
What is your biggest strength?
- My mindset and work ethic which allows me to progress constantly as a receiver. I pride myself on creating separation and making the tough catch.
What is your biggest weakness?
- At times I am thinking too much before a play in making sure we are on the same page as an offensive unit instead of being locked in solely on what my job is.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
- I bring maturity and a work ethic that I believe is unmatched as well as a mindset that I can not and will not be beat.
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
- Favorite player was Reggie Bush and his time at USC
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
- King David, Walter Payton, Bob Goff
What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?
- I’m not sure, haven’t thought that far ahead!