The New England Patriots have made some big trades this offseason: The team acquired three players – defensive tackle Danny Shelton, cornerback Jason McCourty, wideout and return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson – via trade over the last month. The biggest move, however, happened yesterday when the team shipped wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams.
In return for the wide receiver and a fourth-round draft pick, the team receives two selections from the Rams: a first-rounder (the 23rd overall selection) as well as a sixth-round pick (the 198th overall selection). As a result, the Patriots now own five picks in side the top-100 selections of this year's draft – all while seeing their top wide receiver of a year ago wear a different uniform next year.
There is a lot more to the trade from New England's perspective than just draft picks, though. Moving Cooks also has a profound impact on the team's wide receiver corps and creates additional salary cap space for the franchise to work with. All in all, the fallout from the trade will likely play a big role when it comes to how the 2018 Patriots will ultimately look like.
With all that in mind, how would you grade the move? Let us know below:
How would you grade the Brandin Cooks trade from the Patriots' perspective?
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