The Patriots continued to attack the trade market yesterday, trading a 1st and 3rd Round pick to New Orleans for wide receiver Brandin Cooks, one of the best young wide receivers in football. The Patriots needed to add talent, speed, and youth to their wide receiver corp and they get it done with the addition of one player. New England received the 114th pick back from New Orleans, but because of the Deflategate penalty, the Patriots will be given the last pick in the 4th Round and the New Orleans pick will be taken away.
Cooks, who is just 23 years old, was the 20th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played his collegiate days for Oregon State, and the production he showed as a Beaver translated into the NFL. Cooks has 215 catches, 2861 yards ,20 touchdowns, and he averages 13.3 per catch. He's been extremely productive and will be a great fit in the New England offense. With the weapons New England has, teams won't be able to double Cooks as much as he was in New Orleans, so there is a very good chance Cooks could have his best season to date in 2017. Cooks has two years left on his rookie deal, with the second year being a team option, which will likely be picked up, unless they work out a new contract beforehand.
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