(STATS) – Most FCS players usually hope just to make an NFL roster. About 16 hours apart, Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp and Samson Ebukam did better than that – they got to remain teammates.
The Los Angeles Rams reunited the pair Saturday by selecting the Nigerian-born Ebukam with the 125th overall selection, in the fourth round. The Rams made Kupp, the most accomplished wide receiver in FCS history, their third-round pick – 69th overall – Friday night.
“When (Cooper) got picked by them I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s the perfect team,'” Ebukam said. “Then I thought to myself, what are the chances I get picked by the same team? And it just happened and I was like, ‘Woah, Eagles really do stick together.’ That’s awesome.”
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At 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Ebukam saved his best season for last at Eastern Washington, helping the Eagles to the 2016 Big Sky co-title and an appearance in the FCS semifinals. He played defensive end and totaled 71 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 9 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, eight quarterback hurries, two passes breakups and an interception while earning third-team STATS FCS All-America honors.
He had 24 sacks in his career.
“Plays with a suddenness when crashing down the line after ball carriers. Drawn to the play like a magnet. Lauded for intelligence and work ethic,” raved Ebukam’s draft bio on NFL.com.
Born in Nigeria in 1995, his given name is Nnamaka Samson Ebukam.