Historical Comps for Cooper Kupp’s Rookie Season
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With the dust still settling on the 2017 season, we continue our look back at the rookie crop through our RotoViz crystal ball, aka the Screener App. While the Screener can’t forsee the future, it can give us a good idea of a player’s range of outcomes heading into their second year. Next up, a look at one of the unlikeliest rookie heroes in 2017, Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp. In last year’s pre-draft process, Kupp wasn’t exactly a RotoViz darling, getting smashed by 40-yard-dash hero John Ross in our Sweet 16 Tournament. Kupp got the last laugh, though, putting up a 62-869-5TD rookie line, while Ross failed to register a single catch in the only three games he was active. The Rams slot receiver ultimately led all rookies in targets and catches and was second to JuJu Smith-Schuster in yards and PPR points. I set the RotoViz Screener to search for comparable rookie WR seasons between 2007 and 2017 based on a number of statistical outputs, including age, weight, and draft pick. Where a player is selected in the NFL draft still has influence in his second season, though that influence does decline over time.