New England Patriots mock draft after Brandin Cooks trade

Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks

A more realistic scenario would be for the Giants to ask for one of the first-round picks, No. 1 or No. 4, one of their first two second-round picks, a high-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and, perhaps, receiver Corey Coleman. In addition to that, he is also an upgrade over Watkins.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reportedly isn't broken up over the Pats' decision to trade wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams.

The 23 overall pick will be the Patriots' highest since the 2012 draft.

The Patriots traded Cooks and a sixth-round pick in the 2018 National Football League draft to the Rams for their first-round pick (No. 23) and a fourth-round selection.

They are well stocked in draft choices, and the issue becomes whether their top priority will be fortifying around Brady for another potential Super Bowl run, or moving into position to put Brady's eventual successor in place. After not having many picks in recent drafts, the Cooks trade will give the Patriots a chance to add some much-needed youth across their roster. Here is a look at the return in other notable wide receiver trades. The Giants would be far less likely to make that move than they would be to deal with the Bills, who could offer a better package. With two first-round picks (No. 23 and No. 31), the Patriots have what it takes to get in the Beckham Jr. conversation right now. He spent his first three seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

According to Schefter, New England began trade talks with L.A. after negotiations fell through with Cooks, who is owed $8.5 million in the final year of his rookie contract.

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Playing alongside established receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, and talented young tight ends Tyler Higbee and Gerald Everett in the passing game, Cooks should get open plenty and will rarely see double coverage.

There's a lot to digest with the trade, but in an offseason that has caused mostly indigestion for New England fans, it's hard not to feel good about this move.

In one season with New England, Cooks hauled in 65 catches for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns.

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. When Belichick and Rams coach Sean McVay attend the same coaching clinic in Georgia on Monday, the two teams were able to advance the discussion surrounding Cooks before ultimately coming to an agreement on Tuesday night.

It's impossible to escape the speculation that the Cooks trade is potentially a precursor to a trade for Beckham. The latest move was said to help out their offense, providing a "big threat" option for the team.

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