Patriots trade Brandin Cooks to Rams for 1st-round pick

Brandin Cooks is headed from New England to Los Angeles

Also, for fans who thought that maybe an offensive lineman, one who might push some of the age at center or tackle, is also gone.

BOSTON - Tom Brady will be without one of his top receivers from last season after the Patriots traded deep threat Brandin Cooks to the Rams on Tuesday for Los Angeles' first-round draft pick, 23rd overall. He only spent one year in New England, hauling in 65 receptions for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns.

We know, we know, Cooks had some big games past year, and 1,000-plus receiving yards and seven touchdowns are nothing to snuff at.

Ideally, they could've retained Watkins last month, using money rather than a premium draft pick to fill a key role in Sean McVay's offense.

Snead has now given up his first- and second-round picks in this draft to get Cooks and one year of Sammy Watkins.

The Patriots acquired Cooks last March, sending out first and third-round picks to the New Orleans Saints. New England will also send a 4th round pick to LA and receive a 6th round selection in return. "It's going to be a challenge this year (playing the Rams)".

New England's pick return for trading Cooks was better than what the Saints received a year ago. The Patriots rely on their No. 1 receivers to to make hard catches and pick up tough yards in big situations, and Cooks routinely failed to deliver in those scenarios.

That gives the Patriots picks 23 and 31 in the first round.

The wide receivers on the roster who will realistically be taking reps at the position are Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Phillip Dorsett, and Kenny Britt.

With that being said, this unfortunately takes the Rams out of the running for Odell Beckham Jr., but may bring the Patriots into the running for him. The Rams have around $100 million in cap space for next season, however a Cooks extension would likely cost upwards of $15 million per year. He's recorded three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and should become a prime target in L.A. for young quarterback Jared Goff.

With Cooks, their offense was great. He's more known as a runner, and it's unclear how the Patriots feel about that from their future QB.