Hilarity can ensue when NFL rookies and veterans meet for the first time.
That is what happened with the Cleveland Browns, when rookie tight end David Njoku mistook stalwart offensive lineman Joe Thomas for a member of the coaching staff.
Thomas has some sympathy for what NFL rookies are put through, so he’ll probably be content to let Njoku take some heat from teammates and the general public on Twitter for his gaffe. He may need some time to live that one down.
The NFL Combine will be held from February 28 through March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, giving NFL teams a close look at many of the league’s most promising prospects.
Players will not only have an opportunity to meet with NFL scouts and executives, but also to improve their potential NFL Draft stock with impressive performances on the field.
Whether it’s a debate about skill level, or players being over-hyped/underrated, there are many athletes who will be at Indianapolis with stories that are slightly more interesting than others.
With that in mind, here’s a look at 10 of the most intriguing players who will be at the NFL Combine.
10. Cooper Kupp (wide receiver, Eastern Washington)
There are 19 FCS players who will take part in the 2017 NFL Combine, and coming from small schools makes them all interesting. But of those who are slated to attend, perhaps none bring about as much intrigue as Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp.
Kupp will enter the combine and subsequently the NFL Draft having amassed more college receiving yards than the legendary Jerry Rice. As a freshman, he set FCS records with 93 receptions and 21 touchdowns, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. Kupp eventually closed out his career with 428 receptions for 6,464 yards and 73 touchdown.
Oh, and did we mention he’s a solid return man, can run the football, play gunner and if the situation calls for it, he can also throw the ball on some trick plays?
He has all the tools that make an interesting prospect, and he’s quite intelligent, having scored a 37 on his Wonderlic test while posting a 3.6 GPA. He’s also married and has not shown any off-field issues.
Needless to say, Kupp will be a name worth keeping an eye on. He’s drawn high praise from NFL scouts early on, his college resume speaks for itself, and he expects to put up some pretty impressive numbers to help improve his draft stock.
9. DeMarcus Walker (defensive end, Florida State)