One of the bigger, and more anticipated weeks of the NFL offseason has finally wrapped up. There were many players who raised their stocks, but three players in particular are climbing draft boards after their performances. Copper Kupp, Nathan Peterman, and Obi Melifonwuare are the three that put on exceptional performances on a consistent basis throughout the week. OJ Howard is not featured because he is already a top 15 player on my big board, and may even make a move up this Sunday.
Cooper Kupp WR Eastern Washington
For those of you who were not familiar with Kupp going into this week… it’s ok. Kupp comes from not an FBS school, but an FCS school. However, Kupp may not of played with top notch division one talent, but he is one of the all-time great FCS players. Going into this week his performance was highly anticipated due to the fact he would be playing high level competition, but many expected him to perform at a high level. That is exactly what he did.
I realize that Kupp did not have a great game, but does it really matter? The big part of this week is the time the coaches and scouts get to see the players on the practice field. Kupp showed his exceptional route running ability consistently, and showed more athleticism throughout the week than many thought he had. Overall, Kupp had a big week that is showing on draft boards.
Obi Melifonwu S UCONN
I want to start this section off by admitting that I was wrong, this man can play some football. I hadn’t had him ranked where I should of, but when I release my big board Sunday expect to see a big jump. Consistently wowing the people in attendance throughout the week is something that Melifonwu accomplished. His size, and athleticism are something that is completely undeniable. His play is more polished than what I had initially thought, and his athleticism/range/size combo is something we haven’t quite seen since Byron Jones (also out of Uconn).
Nathan Peterman PITT
While Peterman may have been outshined by Davis Webb in the game, Peterman won the week of practice. Peterman is someone who may have shown teams that he has the ability to be an NFL starter. Yes, I said it. Quick feet, accuracy, and his ablitliy to make clean quick decisions are what he showed off. He was making the slow climb up my draft board before the Senior Bowl because of his accuracy. He’s not a guy that’s going to wow you with his size, speed, or arm, but he does have the tools to be successful. Not a big fan of comparisons, but has little bit of Alex Smith and Kirk Cousins in him.
Zay Jones WR ECU
Hasson Reddick LB Temple
Ryan Anderson EDGE ALA