Los Angeles Rams Acquire Brandin Cooks from the Patriots
The Los Angeles Rams acquired wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the New England Patriots in exchange for a first-round pick (23rd overall). LA also gets a fourth rounder (#136) while the Pats get a sixth-round pick. The Rams now have zero picks in the first two rounds and their first selection will now come at pick 87 of the third round. New England now has two first round picks and two second-round picks, with a total of five picks in the first 95.
Los Angeles is now the third team to use a first-round pick to acquire Brandin Cooks. New Orleans drafted him in the first round, New England traded a first round pick for him a year ago, and now the Rams have traded a first-round pick.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE LOS ANGELES RAMS?
This seemingly takes the Rams out of the running in a trade for New York Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The wide receiver room for Los Angeles now has Cooks, Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, Tavon Austin, and Pharoh Cooper in it. It would appear that last year’s fourth-round pick, WR Josh Reynolds, is the odd man out. I would not be surprised if he is moved between now and day three of the draft.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE PATRIOTS?
If rumors are to be believed, the Patriots have a real interest in UCLA QB Josh Rosen. It would take him sliding down the board, but if he does, they have enough ammo to pounce. If they keep picks 23 & 31, I think wide receiver and tight end could be in play.
A great thought about the Patriots came from Scott Bischoff (Lions writer for The Athletic and National Scout for NDT Scouting) on his Twitter account. New England gave up pick 32 and $781,000 in salary for one season. Cooks had 65 receptions, 1082 yards, and 7 touchdowns in that one season. Now in 2018, with Cooks due $8.5 million on the fifth-year option from his rookie deal, they now sit at 23 in the first round of 2018. A good way to maximize value.
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