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New England Patriots links 4/04/18 - Digesting the Cooks trade: Recipe for a bountiful draft

Daily news and links for Wednesday

NFL: Super Bowl LII-Philadelphia Eagles vs New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski was never going to be traded this offseason
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  • Mike Reiss details the multiple factors behind why the Patriots traded Brandin Cooks, beginning with economics.
  • Karen Guregan says the Brandin Cooks trade gives the Patriots good value and great flexibility in the draft.
  • Tom E. Curran mentions two examples from the Super Bowl — Cooks’ weird decision-making and Brady’s productivity without him — to help explain the trade and why the Patritos came out ahead.
  • Doug Kyed analyzes what the surprising Brandin Cooks trade means for the Patriots in 2018 and beyond.
  • Ryan Hannable points out the fallout from Brandin Cooks trade isn’t Odell Beckham Jr. or stud QB, it’s having loaded draft board.
  • Doug Kyed wonders how high the Pats could move up in the draft after this trade.
  • Mike D’Abate (FullPressCoverage) Analysis: Patriots trade Cooks to Rams for first-rounder.
  • Ryan Hannable looks at what the Brandin Cooks trade means for the Pats this season.
  • Matthew Geagan offers his take on everything the Brandin Cooks trade means for the Pats.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Adam Schefter on WEEI this morning says he believes the Patriots will take a QB high in the draft.
  • Mike Reiss breaks down the WR depth chart after the Cooks trade. Reiss does not believe this means the Patriots have a pressing need to add another top-of-the-line WR.
  • Zack Cox addresses whether the Pats should now pick a receiver in the draft.
  • DJ Bean ranks the Patriots first round draft picks under Bill Belichick.
  • Ryan Hannable passes along a report of ‘Tom Brady not sad’ about the Brandin Cooks trade even though Brady had nothing but praise for him the week of the Super Bowl.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Wednesday Patriots Notebook: Another huge trade is made, Gilmore not happy about it.
  • Ryan Hannable relays Adam Schefter that Rob Gronkowski isn’t, and wasn’t ever getting traded this offseason.
  • Steve Buckley explains why Rob Gronkowski isn’t so special that Bill Belichick wouldn’t trade him... even though he probably won’t.
  • Alex Reimer says the tension between Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots is nothing new.
  • Michael Hurley calls for someone to solve the Belichick-Brady-Gronkowski problem.
  • Tzupes (WTPSports) No Patriots fans, you don’t want Odell Beckham, Jr.
  • Ryan Hannable reports on where Dante Scarnecchia has been spotted lately and which players he’s been working out.
  • Dakota Randall highlights Matt Patricia on Adam Schefter’s podcast discussing a variety of topics, including admitting that he’s still bothered by the Super Bowl loss. /Feeling’s mutual, Matt.
  • DJ Bean notes the Oakland Athletics Twitter account weirdly decided to promote last night’s Red Sox game with a deflategate joke. /It fell flat.