How the Brandin Cooks Trade Affects the 2017 NFL Draft

New England Patriots Free agent targets

A Blockbuster trade went down on Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Free Agency Period which includes the New England Patriots trading for wide receiver Brandin Cooks, former New Orleans Saint.

“The Patriots trade their 1st round pick (#32) & 3rd round pick (#103) to the Saints for wide receiver Brandin Cooks & their 4th round pick (#118) per sources” via ESPN reporter Dianna Russini.

Also, another trade that could go down with both teams in the coming days during NFL Free Agency is the trade for cornerback Malcolm Butler, a 1st round tendered player. A high pick or additional picks will most likely be needed for the Saints to pull off the trade for Butler.

Via ESPN NFL Insider Adam Shefter, “Saints and Patriots still could consider a trade later on for CB Malcolm Butler, whose name arose in talks for WR Brandin Cooks, per source.”

The New England Patriots are well-known for trading. But this offseason they have been very active in free agency and the trade market. The Patriots trading for Cooks and giving up a 1st round pick shows they are all in for 2017. Their offense just got better with a consistent target. Cooks has home-run threat ability as a burner in his game. Cooks can be the speed option to Edelman and Mitchell in the slot and can complement bigger receivers like Hogan. Surpassing over 1,000 yards in 2015 and 2016, Cooks was a productive receiver in the Saints offense. Cooks can be the same or even better with Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. Here are the following scenarios I could see on the Draft Day for the Saints.

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