Going Pro

June 15 was a big day in the life of Cooper Kupp. The four-year All-American former Eagles wide receiver celebrated his 24th birthday and signed a $3.8 million contract, including a $954,760 signing bonus, with the NFL’s L.A. Rams. Kupp, a third-round pick (69th overall) in the NFL draft held in April, has been the most consistent rookie performer during workouts and minicamps, according to most experts.

Joining Kupp on the Rams team is former Eagle defensive end Samson Ebukam, who was selected in the fourth round of the draft. The Rams traded up with the New York Jets to select Ebukam, who signed a rookie contract to play as an outside linebacker with the team in June. The four-year deal is potentially worth $3,006,000 if Ebukam plays all four years, with an annual contract value of $751,000.

Eagle wide receiver Kendrick Bourne signed as an undrafted free agent with the San Francisco 49ers.  He capped his time at Eastern this past season with career highs in receptions (79) and receiving yards (1,201) and finished with seven touchdown catches.

Shaq Hill, also a wide receiver with huge numbers, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hill has the distinction of being the winningest player in school history and the first player to see action in four years and win Big Sky titles each year. He also became just the second Eastern player in school history to letter in four playoff years (2012-13-14-16), joining kicker Kevin Miller (2009-10-12-13).

Former Eagles quarterback Jordan West received a free agent tryout with the Chicago Bears. West started 14 games in his career (10-4 record) and had a career passing-efficiency rating of 153.6 to rank fourth in school history.

Former Eagles

Since 1984, when Eastern became a member of the NCAA Championship Subdivision (FCS), 85 Eastern football players have either signed free-agent contracts or have been drafted by National Football League (NFL) or Canadian Football League (CFL) teams.

Eleven have been drafted by the NFL and five drafted by the CFL to go along with four NFL draftees from 1965 to 1974. Eastern has also enjoyed a recent influx of players into other existing or now-defunct leagues. They include, Arena Football League (AFL) and arenafootball2 (af2), as well as the United Football League (UFL) and Indoor Football League (IFL). Before that, several played in the World League, which became NFL Europa before it folded.

The list below shows EWU’s current professionals and the team they are currently with.

Professionals in 2017

Los Angeles Rams (NFL) – Cooper Kupp – Wide Receiver – Letterwinner at EWU 2013-14-15-16

Los Angeles Rams (NFL) – Samson Ebukam – Outside Linebacker – 2013-14-15-16

San Francisco 49ers (NFL) –  Kendrick Bourne – Wide Receiver – 2013-14-15-16

Houston Texans (NFL) –  Shaq Hill – Wide Receiver – 2012-13-14-16

*Chicago Bears (NFL) –  Jordan West – Quarterback – 2014-15-16

Dallas Cowboys (NFL) – Clay DeBord – Off. Tackle – 2012-13-14-15

Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) – Aaron Neary – Offensive Guard – 2012-13-14-15

Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) – Jake Rodgers – Offensive Tackle – 2013-14

Oakland Raiders (NFL) – Taiwan Jones – Cornerback/Running Back – 2008-09-10

*Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) – Cassidy Curtis – Offensive Line – 2012-13-14-15

Saskatchewan Roughriders  (CFL) – Vernon Adams Jr. – Quarterback – 2012-13-14

British Columbia (CFL) – Tevin McDonald – Safety – 2013-14

British Columbia (CFL) – T.J. Lee III – Cornerback – 2010-11-12-13

Calgary Stampeders (CFL) – Bo Levi Mitchell – Quarterback – 2010-11

Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) – J.C. Sherritt – Linebacker – 2007-08-09-10

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL) – Matt Nichols – Quarterback – 2006-07-08-09

*Montreal Alouettes (CFL) – Ryan Phillips – Defensive Back – 2003-04

*Released/no longer with team.

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