Patriots Trade Cooks to Rams for 1st Round Draft Pick

Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks

Cooks came to the Patriots in March of 2017 via a trade with the New Orleans Saints. And while Cooks isn't Odell Beckham Jr., he's pretty damn good. They also have two picks in the second round.

For those who thought LA had been willing to let a bad decision go with the departure of Watkins, will find room to criticize a Rams team who traded for a guy already traded twice in the last 13 months.

The actual details of any Beckham deal are tough anyway, because he basically requires a top-of-the-market deal for a wide receiver sight unseen. And in anticipation of his big move, NFL.com is breaking down a few mind-boggling stats from the wideout's career and what they mean for the L.A. offense.

The Patriots now have a chance to really shake up the first round and ruin their rivals' chances at quarterbacks in the process. It looks more likely that Beckham remains in a stalemate with the Giants for the foreseeable future. This trade would seemingly all but rule out dealing Gronkowski because the Patriots couldn't afford to lose another key weapon this offseason.

Unlikely! In fact, borderline impossible.

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They now own two picks in the first and second rounds - 23, 31, 43 and 63.

Cooks is entering the fifth year of his rookie contract and could become a free agent after the 2018 season. Instead, it has more to do with getting value for a player who New England may not have wanted to pay a premium for.

Why did the Patriots make this trade?

Yes. And this is the spicy part of all this.

The Bills still have a stronger collection of draft picks to work with, but the Patriots aren't far behind.

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The Patriots flipped the 24-year-old Cooks along with a fourth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a first-round pick and sixth-round pick.

Brady's job just got a little harder in 2018 at a time when there's still some question about how much he's enjoying the job at all.

The move has ramifications and side-effects for both parties, but perhaps the most significant takeaway is the Patriots are now loaded with draft picks this season. For the purposes of this exercise, we will assume the Browns and Jets take Josh Allen and Sam Darnold in some order.

The reason the Patriots traded Cooks was because they weren't going to be able to re-sign him next offseason.

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