Friday, 21 September, 2018

Patriots trade WR Cooks to Rams for first-rounder

Brandin Cooks is headed from New England to Los Angeles Brandin Cooks is headed from New England to Los Angeles
Isaac Mcdaniel | 05 April, 2018, 00:45

Cooks had 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns in his lone season with the Pats after three seasons with New Orleans.

Are the Patriots going to trade Rob Gronkowski now? New England will also send a 4th round pick to LA and receive a 6th round selection in return. Wouldn't that be a gut punch for the rest of the AFC East if New England moved up to land a top quarterback prospect? Cooks was the team's one healthy receiver for much of the 2017 season.

The Patriots now have two first-round picks and two second-round picks. The 24-year-old played 92.7 percent of the Patriots' offensive snap in the regular season and his blistering speed will be sorely missed, but New England have plenty of options in the wide receiver role. And despite various reports to the contract, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Giants and Rams never once entered "serious negotiations" about a Beckham trade. After improving their defense all season long, they would go after Brandin Cooks. If it pays off and Cooks is a Pro Bowl kind of player, then General Manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay will be National Football League royalty. The former Oregon State product represents a top-tier deep threat for young quarterback Jared Goff, and should immediately slot alongside Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. In those deals, the Rams gave up this year's first- and second-round pick and next year's second-round pick, their intentions crystal clear: They'll try to build a dominant team now and worry about the rest later.

This treasure trove has many thinking that the Patriots could be in prime position to move up in the draft to fill perhaps the most prominent hole on their roster: a replacement for Tom Brady.

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By trading away a first-round pick, the Rams don't have any picks until they're on the clock at No. 83 in the third round. They already had the No. 31 pick and No. 63 pick as a result of finishing as the Super Bowl XLIX runner up to the Eagles.

Several current Rams players took to Twitter to cheer the move.

With Cooks now out of the picture the Patriots wide receiver depth chart now includes Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Kenny Britt, Cordarrelle Patterson, Phillip Dorsett, Matthew Slater, Cody Hollister, and Riley McCarron.

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