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Patriots Deal WR Brandin Cooks to the Rams for the 23rd Pick in the Draft

The Patriots pulled off a stunner with the NFL Draft closing in less than a month away, as the team on Tuesday evening dealt receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams for the 23rd pick in this month’s draft.

The Pats also sent a fourth-round pick (No. 136 overall) to Los Angeles and received a sixth-round pick (No. 198 overall) from the Rams.

The Rams — who had explored a trade for Odell Beckham Jr. but liked the Cooks option better — were seeking a vertical threat for second-year coach Sean McVay’s dynamic offense after Sammy Watkins joined the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency.
Patriots Trade Brandin Cooks to Rams

Brandin Cooks New England is sending receiver Brandin Cooks and a 2018 fourth-round pick to Los Angeles for the 23rd overall pick in the draft and a sixth-rounder. Read more

The speedy Cooks, who totaled 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns for the Patriots last season, fills that void alongside Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Cooks had 16 receptions on passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield last season, tied with DeAndre Hopkins for most in the NFL.

The move likely means that the Pats will be looking at offense early in the draft, and also looking hard at a wide out, as the teams’ offense continues in transition following the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.


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